Sunday, October 25, 2015


Academic Prayers

An excerpt from Thomas Dekker (1572-1632), "A Prayer for a childe before he goeth to his study, or to schoole," Foure Birds of Noahs Arke (London: Printed by H. B[allard] for Nathaniel Butter, 1609), pp. 4-7 (at 6):
Make mee obedient to my Parents: dutiful to my Teachers: louing to my Schoole-fellowes: humble to my superiours; full of reuerence to old men...
Id., from "A Prayer for the two Vniuersities," pp. 39-41 (at 39-40):
O thou insearchable depth of all wisdome, open thou the fountaines of knowledge, and let the streames of it equally run to the two famous Nurseries of learning (the two Vniuersities of this land) Oxford and Cambridge, that from the brests of those two (as it were from the tender nipples of mothers) the youth and Gentry of this land may sucke the milke both of Diuine and Humane Science.

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