Almighty God, the giver of all good things, without whose help all labor is ineffectual, and without whose grace all wisdom is folly; grant, I ask, that in this undertaking your Holy Spirit may not be withheld from me, but that I may promote your glory, and the salvation of myself and others; grant this, O Lord, for the sake of your son Jesus Christ, amen. 

(a prayer of Samuel Johnson, from Boswell's Johnson, slightly updated; photo by Zach Camp via

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