Prayer of Hans Denck

Hans Denck, 16th century

O my God how does it happen in this poor old world that thou are so great and yet nobody finds thee, that thou callest so loudly and yet nobody hears thee, that thou art so near and yet nobody feels thee, that thou givest thyself to everybody and yet nobody knows thy name? Men flee from thee and say they cannot find thee; they turn their backs and say they cannot see thee; they stop their ears and say they cannot hear thee.

The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. Appleton, p. 69

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