you have folded back the cover of the night
to clothe us in the golden glory of the day.
Chase from our hearts all gloomy thoughts,
and make us glad with the brightness of hope,
that we may effectively aspire to promised virtues;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Source: An Ancient Collect, sixth century
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953