Sunday, 1 February 2015

A Morning Prayer - Gregory of Nazianzus

    'Tis dawn: to God I lift my hand,
To regulate my way;
    My passions rule, and unmoved stand,
And give to Thee the day:

    Not one dark word or deed of sin,
Nor one base thought allow;
    But watch all avenues within,
And wholly keep my vow.

    Shamed were my age, should I decline;
Shamed were Thy table too,
    At which I stand:--the will is mine:
Give grace, my Christ, to do.

Gregory, Bishop of Nazianzus (325 - 389) Turkey
(also known as Gregory the Theologian or Gregory Nazianzen)
Translated by Allen W. Chatfield

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