This week’s piece of prose is short, but strong. It is a collect from the first Prayer Book of Edward VI, published in 1549. Although completely unreligious myself, I cannot but admire the power of the prose, and marvel at the way religious writing - notably the Book of Common Prayer and the King James Bible - have shaped our language. This is earlier than both, but greatness is burgeoning. This is the Collect for Trinity Sunday from the first Prayer Book of Edward VI:
ALMIGHTYE and euerlastyng God, whiche haste geuen unto us thy seruauntes grace by the confession of a true fayth to acknowlege the glorye of the eternall trinitie, and in the power of the diuyne maiestie to wurshippe the unitye : we beseche thee that through the stedfastnes of thys fayth, we may euermore be defended from all aduersitie, whiche liueste and reignest, one God, worlde without ende.