Suffer Me, O My God, To Draw Nigh Unto Thee,

Suffer me, O my God, to draw nigh unto Thee, and to abide within the

precincts of Thy court, for remoteness from Thee hath well-nigh consumed

me. Cause me to rest under the shadow of the wings of Thy grace, for the

flame of my separation from Thee hath melted my heart within me. Draw me

nearer unto the river that is life indeed, for my soul burneth with thirst

in its ceaseless search after Thee. My sighs, O my God, proclaim the

bitterness of mine anguish, and the tears I shed attest my love for Thee.

I beseech Thee, by the praise wherewith Thou praisest Thyself and the

glory wherewith Thou glorifiest Thine own Essence, to grant that we may be

numbered among them that have recognized Thee and acknowledged Thy

sovereignty in Thy days. Help us then to quaff, O my God, from the fingers

of mercy the living waters of Thy loving-kindness, that we may utterly

forget all else except Thee, and be occupied only with Thy Self. Powerful

art Thou to do what Thou willest. No God is there beside Thee, the Mighty,

the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

Glorified be Thy name, O Thou Who art the King of all Kings!

St John's Westminster: Introduction Sultan 'abdu'l-'aziz facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail