A Commendation

I commend unto Thee, o Lord,
impulses,
occasions,
purposes,
endeavours,

going out and coming in,
downsitting and uprising:
my soul and my body,
my mind and my thoughts,

my vows and prayers,
my senses and my members,
my words and my deeds,
my life and my death:
my brothers and sisters

their children
my benefactors
wellwishers
household
neighbours
country
all Christian folk.

— From the Preces Privatae Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626)

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