O! Mankinde Have in thee minde My passion smert And thou shall finde Me full kinde Lo! Here my heart
(O! Mankind Keep in mind My intense love And you shall find Me more than generous in return Lo! Here is my heart)
English, early 15th century
Eternal Light, shine into our hearts; Eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil; Eternal Power, be our support; Eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance; Eternal Pity, have mercy upon us; that with all our heart and mind and soul and strength we may seek thy face and be brought by thine infinite mercy to thy holy presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Blessed Alcuin of York (c. 735 – 804) Deacon, educator, scholar, and theologian; made head of the cathedral school at York around 770.
[The image is of the high altar at Yorkminster.]