FROM THE PRAYERS OF MARGERY KEMPE, 14th/15th CENTURY
I cry thee mercy, Blissful Lord, for the King of England and for all Christian kings, for all lords and ladies that are in this world. God set them in such behaviour that they may most please thee, and be lords and ladies in Heaven without end.
I cry thee mercy, Lord, for the rich men in this world, who have thy goods in possession; give them grace to spend them to thy pleasing.
I cry thee mercy, Lord, for Jews and Saracens and all heathen people.
Good Lord, have mind that there is many a saint in Heaven, who sometime was heathen on earth, and so thou hast spread thy mercy to them that are on earth.
Lord, thou sayest thyself that no man shall come to thee without thee nor any man be drawn unless thou drawest him. And therefore, if there be any man undrawn, I pray thee, draw him after thee.
Me thou hast drawn, Lord, and I deserved never to have been drawn, but after thy great mercy, thou hast drawn me. If all this world knew all my wickedness as thou dost, they would marvel and wonder at the great goodness thou hast shown me. I would that all this world were worthy to thank thee for me, and as thou hast made of unworthy creatures worthy ones, so make all this world worthy to thank thee and praise thee.
– From the modernised translation, 1936