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Keep us, O Lord, while we tarry on this earth,

in a serious seeking after thee,

and in an affectionate walking with thee,

every day of our lives;

that when thou comest,

we may be found

not hiding our talent,

nor serving the flesh,

nor yet asleep with our lamp unfurnished,

but waiting and longing for our Lord,

our glorious King,

for ever and ever.

Prayer by Richard Baxter, 1615 – 1691