The Poor Caitiff. Chapter Three: On The Lord’s Prayer

This holy prayer contains seven askings. And in these short askings is contained more wisdom than any tongue of man can fully tell here on earth. When a child is first set to school, men teach him his paternoster, (the Lord’s prayer) therefore, let him that will learn, be meek as a child, and without malice. God cares not for long tarrying, nor for smooth words, either rhymed or in prayer. For St. Gregory says, True praying is not to speak fine words with the mouth, but to make great complaint and sorrow for sin, with sore sighing of heart, and great desire of forgiveness. What is it to patter with lips when the heart prays not by desire?

By John Wycliffe

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