A Medieval Prayer

Help us this day, O Lord,
to serve thee devoutly,
and the world busily.

May we do our work wisely,
go to our meat appetitely,
sit thereat discreetly,
arise temperately,
please our friends duly,
go to our beds merrily,
and sleep surely;
for the joy of our Lord Jesus Christ.


(a medieval prayer, author unknown)

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