For Love and Perseverance

O BLESSED Lord, we ask You to pour down upon us such grace as may not only cleanse this life of ours, but beautify it a little, if it be Your will, before we go hence and are no more seen. Grant that we may love You with all our heart, and soul, and mind, and strength, and our neighbor as our-self, and that we may persevere unto the end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (James Skinner, A.D. 1818.)