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Hear my prayer, O Lord; let not my soul faint under thy
discipline, nor let me faint in confessing unto thee thy
mercies, whereby thou hast saved me from all my most wicked
ways till thou shouldst become sweet to me beyond all the
allurements that I used to follow. Let me come to love thee
wholly, and grasp thy hand with my whole heart that thou
mayest deliver me from every temptation, even unto the last.
And thus, O Lord, my King and my God, may all things useful
that I learned as a boy now be offered in thy service--let
it be that for thy service I now speak and write and reckon.
For when I was learning vain things, thou didst impose thy
discipline upon me: and thou hast forgiven me my sin of
delighting in those vanities. In those studies I learned
many a useful word, but these might have been learned in
matters not so vain; and surely that is the safe way for
youths to walk in.