In Sun and Shade: A Book of Verse

by Frederick George Scott


 

A LITANY FOR THE NATION


 

GOD, give us eyes to see the human need;
God, give us hands to do the noble deed;
God, give us hearts that bleed when others bleed;
                                        SAVE US, GOOD LORD.

God, make us great, not with mere power and gold,

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But with compassion strong and meekness bold,
For others, not ourselves, the trust to hold;
                                        SAVE US, GOOD LORD.

God make us true, clear as the heaven is clear,
Clean in our way of life, not knowing fear,

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Building Love’s mighty kingdom far and near;
                                        SAVE US, GOOD LORD.

God give the world the visioned peace which came
Before men’s eyes through smoke and battle flame;
Make us a nation worthy of Thy name;

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                                        SAVE US, GOOD LORD.