PRAYER: A Devout Prayer (2) by Sir Thomas More

A Devout Prayer (2) by Sir Thomas More

A prayer made after Sir More was condemned to die and before he was put to death.

Almighty God, have mercy on N. and N., and on all that bear me evil will, and would me harm, and their faults and mine together, by such easy, tender, merciful means, as thine infinite wisdom best can devise, vouchsafe to amend and redress, and make us saved souls in Heaven together where we may ever live and love together with thee and thy blessed saints, O glorious Trinity, for the bitter passion of our sweet Savior Christ.

O my sweet Savior Christ, which in thine undeserved love towards mankind so kindly would suffer the painful death of the cross, suffer me not to be cold nor lukewarm in love again towards thee.

Glorious God, give me grace to amend my life, and to have an eye to mine end without grudge of death, which to them that die in thee, good Lord, is the gate of a wealthy life.  And give me, good Lord, an humble, lowly, quiet, peaceable, patient, charitable, kind, tender, and pitiful mind, with all my works and all my words and all my thoughts, to have a taste of thy holy, blessed Spirit.  Give me, good Lord, a full faith, a firm hope, and a fervent charity, a love to thee incomparable above the love to myself.  Give me, good Lord, a longing to be with thee, not for the avoiding of the calamities of this world, nor so much for the attaining of the joys of Heaven, as for a very love of thee.  And bear me, good Lord, thy love and favor, which thing my love to theeward, were it never so great, could not but thy great goodness deserve.  These things, good Lord, that I pray for, give me thy grace to labor for.

Amen.

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