War Prayer by Mark Twain.

English: Portrait drawing of Mark Twain's head

Posted April 16, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle – be thou near them! O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead: help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with the hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief. For our sakes who adore thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it in the Spirit of Love, of him who is the source of Love, and who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all who are sore beset and seek his aid with humble and contrite hearts.  Amen.”

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(Thank you to DogSwede1 at YouTube)

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