Writer's Prayer

O God, who hast hitherto supported me,
enable me to proceed in this labor,
and in the whole task of my present state;
that when I shall render up, at the last day,
an account of the talent committed to me,
I may receive pardon,
for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.

(written by Samuel Johnson on April 3, 1753, on the day he signed a contract to write the first complete dictionary of the English language)

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