Hear, Lord, my prayer; let not my soul faint under Thy discipline, nor let me faint in confessing unto Thee all Thy mercies,
whereby Thou hast drawn me out of all my most evil ways, that Thou mightest become a delight to me above all the allurements
which I once pursued; that I may most entirely love Thee, and clasp Thy hand with all my affections, and Thou mayest yet rescue
me from every temptation, even unto the end. For lo, O Lord, my King and my God, for Thy service be whatever
useful thing my childhood learned; for Thy service, that I speak, write, read, reckon. For Thou didst grant me Thy discipline,
while I was learning vanities; and my sin of delighting in those vanities Thou hast forgiven. In them, indeed, I learnt many
a useful word, but these may as well be learned in things not vain; and that is the safe path for the steps of youth.