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A Prayer for the Desire of the Life to Come
"Private Prayers, put forth by Authority during the Reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1860 Parker Society Edition)
"This my body is the very dark and filthy prison of the soul; this world is an exile, and a banishment: this life is care and misery: but where thou art, O Lord, there is the very country of liberty and everlasting blessedness. Stir our minds now and then to remember so great felicity. Pour into our hearts a desire of such precious things, and of all things most to be desired. Give quietness unto our mind, and grant that we may have some taste of the everlasting joys, whereby these things of the world may seem filthy, and be so loathful to us, which we seek for so earnestly, and embrace so greedily, and retain so surely, that we may refuse and despise these bitter and filthy things, and most fervently desire the sweetness of thy familiarity, in which all goodness is contained. To thee be glory for ever. Amen."
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it." Matt 13:44-46 KJV
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