O God, who hast folded back the mantle of the night to clothe us in the golden glory of the day,
chase from our hearts all gloomy thoughts,
and make us glad with the brightness of hope,
that we may effectively aspire to unwon virtues, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
-An Ancient Collect, A.D. 590
Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,
Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,
where I live in the depths but see Thee in the heights;
hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold Thy glory.
Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up,
that to be low is to be high,
that the broken heart is the healed heart,
that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,
that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
that to have nothing is to possess all,
that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
that to give is to receive,
that the valley is the place of vision.
Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells,
and the deeper the wells the brighter Thy stars shine;
let me find Thy light in my darkness,
Thy life in my death,
Thy joy in my sorrow,
Thy grace in my sin,
Thy riches in my poverty,
Thy glory in my valley.
-Edited by Arthur Bennett, The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions