when we are too well pleased with ourselves
when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little
when we have arrived in safety because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, O Lord,
when with the abundance of things we possess we have lost our thirst for the Water of Life
when having fallen in love with time, we cease to dream of eternity; and in our efforts to build a new earth, have allowed our vision for the New Heaven to grow dim
Stir us, O Lord,
to dare more boldly,
to venture on wider seas, where storms shall show Thy mastery,when losing sight of land we shall find the stars.
In the name of Him who pushed back the horizons of our hopes and invited the brave to follow him.
A Prayer of Sir Francis Drake, 1577.