Seascape with Storm Coming On
J M W Turner (1840)
Photo: © Tate, London 2016
O Lord God, when thou givest to Thy servants to endeavour any great matter, grant us also to know that it is not the beginning, but the continuing of the same unto the end, until it be thoroughly finished, which yieldeth the true glory; through His for the finishing of Thy work laid down His life, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
This prayer, commonly known as 'Drake's Prayer' is based on an extract from a letter by Sir Francis Drake written from his ship ELIZABETH BONAVERTURE, lying at anchor at Cape Sakar on 17 May 1587. It was adapted by Eric Milner-White, Dean of York, for an anthology published by Oxford University Press in 1941.