God be in my head

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The medieval French original from the frontispiece of a Book of Hours (1514). The English translation from the Sarum Primer of 1558, and then in John Cosin’s A Collection of Private Devotions.

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[First part (1 John 5:20 KJV) only in the Brooks-Davies SATB version].
And we know that the Son of God is come,
and hath given us an understanding,
that we may know him that is true,
and we are in him that is true,
even in his Son Jesus Christ.

God be in my head, and in my understanding;
God be in mine eyes, and in my looking;
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking;
God be in my heart, and in my thinking;
God be at mine end, and at my departing.

French.png French text

Jesus soit en ma teste et mon entendement.
Jesus soit en mes yeulx et mon regardement.
Jesus soit en ma bouche et mon parlement.
Jesus soit en mon cueur et en mon pensement.
Jesus soit en ma vie et mon trespassement.

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