Below is a poem/prayer that every Greek teacher should pray (at least silently) before he/she enters the classroom.
Lord, at Thy word opens yon door, inviting
Teacher and taught to feast this hour with Thee;
Opens a Book where God in human writing
Thinks His deep thoughts, and dead tongues live for me.
Too dread the task, too great the duty calling,
Too heavy far the weight is laid on me!
O if mine own thought should on Thy words falling
Mar the great message, and men hear not Thee!
Give me Thy voice to speak, Thine ear to listen,
Give me Thy mind to grasp Thy mystery;
So shall my heart throb, and my glad eyes glisten,
Rapt with the wonders Thou dost show to me.1
— J. H. Moulton (1863–1917)
1 Poem printed on unnumbered front page of the first separately published fascicle of Moulton, A Grammar of New Testament Greek, vol. 2, part 1, “General Introduction: Sounds and Writing,” ed. Wilbert Francis Howard (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1919). The poem, written in Bangalore, India (where Moulton was serving as a missionary) is dated February 21, 1917.
Editor’s note: This is taken from Going Deeper with New Testament Greek.
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