O God,

I know that if I do not love Thee

with all my heart,

with all my mind,

with all my soul and with all my strength,

I shall love something else with all my heart and mind and soul and strength.

Grant that putting Thee first

in all my lovings

I may be liberated from all lesser loves and loyalties,

and have Thee as my first love,

my chiefest good and my final joy.

~ George Appleton, Oxford Book of Prayer

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