Morning Prayer[1]


My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD;

in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee,

and will look up.[2]

The journey that I take shall not be for mine honour;[3]

the Lord is gone out before me. Up![4]

Awake, awake, utter a song[5] for his name’s sake;[6]

let my sentence come forth from thy presence.[7]

I exhort myself who has heard, who was asked of thee:[8]

lean not unto mine own understanding;[9]

cease from mine own doings;[10]

never shall I serve the groves.[11]

I fear and depart; I answer[12]

and come at the sword sent[13]

whose haft also goes in after the blade.[14]

And I make myself low before the fourth judge,

and unto the last, who I am.

Tonic under the oak of weeping,[15]

I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound.[16]

Taut on the tree of life,[17]

everywhere and in all things I am instructed

both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.[18]

I dote not about questions and strifes of words;[19]

You are what is, who forgives, and I am what it was being to be.

And there is no respect of persons,[20]

neither is there respect of persons with him;[21]

for we brought nothing into this world,

and it is certain we can carry nothing out.[22]

Thou: one body, and one spirit,

And Thou sayest to me:

Even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

One God and Father of all,

Who is above all, and through all, and in us all.[23]

I: remembering without ceasing.[24]

I: praying always with all prayer.[25]

I: to the worth of my vocation.[26]

I: for Thee.


[1] And Scripture rapture.

[2] Psalm 5:3

[3] Judges 4:9

[4] Judges 4:14

[5] Judges 5:12

[6] Psalm 23:3

[7] Psalm 17:2

[8] I Samuel 1:20

[9] Proverbs 3:5

[10] Judges 2:19

[11] Deuteronomy 16:21

[12] Job 28:28; 38:3

[13] Matthew 10:34

[14] Judges 3:22

[15] Genesis 35:8

[16] Philippians 4:12

[17] Genesis 2:9, 3:24

[18] Philippians 4:12

[19] I Timothy 6:4

[20] Colossians 3:25

[21] Ephesians 6:9

[22] I Timothy 6:7

[23] Ephesians 4:4-6

[24] I Thessalonians 1:3

[25] Ephesians 6:18

[26] Ephesians 4:1

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