A prayer

A prayer from George Appleton, Oxford Book of Prayer.

Grant me, O God,
   the heart of a child,
pure and transparent as a spring;
   a simple heart,
which never harbours sorrows;
a heart glorious in self-giving,
   tender in compassion;
a heart faithful and generous,
which will never forget any good
or bear a grudge for any evil.

Make me a heart gentle and humble,
   loving without asking any return,
   large-hearted and undautable,
which no ingratitude can sour
and no indifference can weary;
   a heart penetrated by the love of Juesus
   whose desire will o­nly be satisfied in heaven.

Grant me, O Lord,
   the mind and heart
   of Thy dear Son.

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