The following are excerpts from what is widely known in the [[Coptic]] Church as "''Bustan Al-Rohbaan''" (transliterated Arabic, or The Monks' Garden), also referred to in English as the "Paradise of the Desert Fathers". Bustan al-Rohbann is not a single book, rather it is a collection of sayings and accounts written by and about the [[Desert Fathers]] of Egypt. The excerpts presented here are adopted from an abbreviated book translated and edited by Dr. Benedicta Ward, an Anglican nun
In the desert of the heart, let the healing fountain start;
In the prison of his days, teach the free man how to praise.
-- W. H. Auden
'''A prayer from the desert:''' Lord Jesus Christ, whose will all things obey: pardon what I have done and grant that I, a sinner, may sin no more.
Lord, I believe that though I do not deserve it, you can cleanse me from all my sins.
Lord, I know that man looks upon the face, but you see the heart. Send your spirit into my inmost being, to take possession of my soul and body.
And now I ask you for wisdom, deign of your great goodness to help and defend me.
Guide my heart, almighty God, that I may remember your presence day and night.
++ Amen ++
[http://www.coptic.net/articles/ParadiseOfDesertFathers.txt Copt-Net: Excerpts from an abbreviated version of ''Bustan al-Rohbann'' (Paradise of the Desert Fathers) translated and edited by Dr. Benedicta Ward
[[Sayings of the Desert Fathers]]