Dear Lord, as my life declines
and my energies decrease,
more than ever
hold me by Your Power,
that I may not offend You,
but daily increase in Your Love.
Give me strength to work in Your Service
till the last day of my life.
Help me to ever have
an increasing dread of venial sin,
or whatever would cause
the slightest withdrawal of Your Love,
keep me close to Your Heart;
and should I die,
in the morning breaks,
may I go rejoicing
in that vision of Your entrancing beauty,
never to be separated from You.