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James Allen: A Prayer for Peace


Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

British writers on peace and war


James Allen
A Prayer for Peace

Great God, Almighty Power: Now send Thy Peace
To all the warring nations on this earth:
Let gentle thoughts spring up; pity have birth;
And Love, the mighty healer, have increase;
From anger and unworthy thoughts release
Men’s minds. Grant Thou, Our Father God, true rest
From sanguinary strife: Let there be zest
For all Thy holy works: Make wars to cease;
And brotherhood rise up with newer lease
Of power: Thy gracious spirit rule us all:
Let no ill thought on this terrestrial ball
Find an abiding place; and evil cease:
Thy great compassion show. Each one now guide
To that great peace which doth with Thee abide.

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