John Skelton

A prayer to the Father of heaven

O radiant luminary of light interminable,
    Celestial Father, potential God of might,
Of heaven and earth O Lord incomparable,
   Of all perfections the essential most perfite !
    O maker of mankind, that formëd day and night,
Whose power imperial comprehendeth every place :
   Mine heart, my mind, my thought, my whole delight
Is after this life to see thy glorious face.

Whose magnificense is incomprehensible,
    All arguments of reason which far doth exceed,
Whose deity doubtless is indivisible,
    From whom all goodness and virtue doth proceed ;
    Of thy support all creätures have need :
Assist me, good Lord, and grant my of thy grace
    To live to thy pleasure in word, thought, and deed,
And after this life to see thy glorious face.

Poetry of the English Renaissance 1509-1660.
J. William Hebel and Hoyt H. Hudson, eds.
New York: F. S. Crofts & Co., 1941. 7-8.

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