Saturday, November 24, 2012
The prayers I make will then be sweet indeed,If Thou the spirit give by which I pray:My unassisted heart is barren clay,That of its native self can nothing feed:Of good and pious works Thou art the seed,That quickens only where Thou sayest it may:Unless Thou shew to us Thine own true way,No man can find it: Father! Thou must lead.Do Thou, then, breathe those thoughts into my mindBy which such virtue may in me be bredThat in Thy holy footsteps I may tread;The fetters of my tongue do Thou unbind,That I may have the power to sing of Thee,And sound Thy praises everlastingly.
... Michelangelo Buonarrotti (1475-1564), translated by William Wordsworth in The Complete Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, William Wordsworth, Philadelphia: Troutman & Hayes, 1851, p. 220
(see the book; see also Isa. 64:8; Rom. 8:26; 9:21; 2 Cor. 12:9; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 2:18; 6:18; Jude 1:20; more at Goodness, Holiness, Praise, Prayer, Prayers, Truth, Virtue, Way)
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