A Prayer to Begin the Day from Thomas à Kempis

Thine own praise, O my God, Thou Thyself art; nor canst Thou worthily be praised by any other than Thyself; for of all things Thou art the maker and ruler; and from Thee do all things come, Whose excellence and Whose works declare the glory of Thy Name. Ever therefore shouldst Thou be praised and blessed by every creature. May then, O my God, Thine own incomprehensible Essence, Thine own unspeakable almightiness, Thine own unsearchable wisdom, Thine own unutterable sweetness, Thine own boundless tenderness, praise Thee! Praise Thee Thy supreme goodness, Thy surpassing mercy, Thy eternal power also, and Thy transcendent majesty! Praise Thee Thy infallible truth, Thy unchangeable equity, Thy inextinguishable light, Thy knowledge from which no secrets are hid, Thy own unapproachable Substance! Praise Thee Thy unerring justice, Thy all-wise providence, Thy most calm governance, and Thy unconquerable power! Praise Thee Thy infinite dignity, Thy supreme loving-kindness, Thy all-surpassing sweetness, Thy peerless beauty, and Thy all-excelling charity! May every name that can be used of Thee, and every word that can be spoken of Thee, praise Thee and magnify Thee for ever.

–Frederick B. Macnutt, The prayer manual for private devotions or public use on divers occasions: Compiled from all sources ancient, medieval, and modern (A.R. Mowbray, 1951)

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