Take Me Often from the Tumult of Things

Take me often from the tumult of things
into Thy presence.
There show me what I am,
and what Thou hast purposed me to be.
Then hide me from Thy tears.
O King and Saviour,
what is Thy gift to me?
And do I use it to Thy pleasing?

(a prayer of Hild of Whitby, 614 – 680)

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