purity of lips,
a clean and innocent heart,
and rightness of action.
humility, patience, abstinence,
chastity, prudence, justice,
courage and self-control.
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and strength,
the Spirit of knowledge and godliness,
and of your fear.
Always lead me to seek your face
with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind.
Let me have a contrite and humble heart in your presence—
to prefer nothing to your love.
Most high, eternal, and ineffable Wisdom,
drive away from me the darkness of blindness and ignorance.
Most high and eternal Strength, rescue me.
Most high and eternal Courage, help me.
Most high and incomprehensible Light, illuminate me,
Most high and infinite Mercy, have mercy on me. [315.]
Source: Gallican, from the time of Charlemagne, freely modified from Ancient Collects, ed. William Bright p. 96#1.
Also attributed to Alcuin of York.
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