Ancient Prayer by Eusebius, 4th Century

May I be no man’s enemy, and may I be the friend of that which is eternal and abides. May I never quarrel with those nearest me; and if I do may I be reconciled quickly. May I never devise evil against any man. May I love, seek and attain only that which is good. May I wish for all men’s happiness and envy none. May I never rejoice in the ill-fortune of one who has wronged me. When I have done or said what is wrong, may I nevery wait the rebuke of others but, always rebuke myself until I make amends. May I win no victory that harms either me or my opponent. May I reconcile friends who are wroth with one another.

May I, to the extent of my power, give all needful help to my friends and to all who are in want. May I never fail a friend in danger. When visiting those in grief, may I be able by gentle and healing words to soften their pain. May I respect myself. May I always keep tame that which rages within me. May I accustom myself to be gentle, and never be angry with people because of circumstances. May I never discuss who is wicked and what wicked things he has done, but know good men and follow their footsteps.

Eusebius, 4th Century

Eusebius of Caesara(about 260-330), a famous chuch historian. He was forced during persecution under Maximinus to flee for his life to Egypt, but returned, and in 313 was made a Bishop of Caesar. During the Council of Nice, he led the moderate party of Arians. The Emperor Constantine was the friend and admirer of Eusebius. Among the works of Eusebius are the History of the World the Time of Constantine, and a History of the Christian Church to 324.

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