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A prayer by William Temple

O God of love, we pray thee to give us love:
Love in our thinking, love in our speaking,
Love in our doing, and love in the hidden places of our souls;
Love of our neighbours near and far;
Love of our friends, old and new;
Love of those with whom we find it hard to bear,
And love of those who find it hard to bear with us;
Love of those with whom we work,
And love of those with whom we take our ease;
Love in Joy, love in sorrow;
Love in life and love in death;
That so at length we may be worthy to dwell with thee,
Who art eternal love.
William Temple 1881-1944



October 10, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Not blogging much – are you?

    Comment by Peter H | October 23, 2010 | Reply

  2. 6.5.15, Widcombe, Bath

    Many thanks, Paxtonvic, for making it so easy for me to grab Wm Temple’s beautiful prayer for love within a few seconds of hearing it this afternoon on Radio 3’s Evensong from Queen’s, Oxford.

    (My grandfather studied there; in fact we only – er – met when he was baptising me at St Mary’s, Newport (Essex), where he was Vicar – he died not that long afterwards, in 1949 – post rather than propter hoc, I hope).

    Walked past Queen’s last week, on May Day, when I finally made it to Magdalen for the beautiful singing from the Tower. Never knew there could be so many folk out and about at 6a.m. – perhaps I should start getting up earlier.

    Incidentally, in “About Annette”, I misread the name of your Wednesday group as “Trots and Carers”, and had a brief, vivid mental picture of ageing radical communists being tended and perhaps gently introduced to Liberal Anglicanism by you and your team.

    All the best, and thanks again


    Comment by Patrick Tyson-Cain | May 6, 2015 | Reply

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