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An Old English Prayer

Postby Shelagh » Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:44 pm

Just been sorting out some documents that belonged to my late mum..discovered these little gems hidden in a book, not seen them before, hope you like :)

An Old English Prayer.

Give us Lord, a bit o'sun,
A bit o'work and a bit o'fun,
Give us in all the struggle and sputter,
Our daily bread and a bit o'butter,
Give us health our keep to make
And a bit to spare for other's sake
Give us, too, a bit of song,
And a tale and a book to help us along,
Give us Lord, a chance to be
Our goodly best, brave, wise, and free,
Our goodly best, for ourselves and others
Till all men learn to live as brothers.

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Next; A Prayer For Those Who Live Alone.

I live alone dear Lord,
Stay by my side,
In all my daily needs
Be Thou my guide.
Grant me good health,
For that indeed, I pray,
To carry on my work
From day to day.
Keep pure my mind,
My thoughts my every deed,
Let me be kind, unselfish
In my neighbours need.
Spare me from fire, from flood
Malicious tongues;
From thieves, from fear,
And evil ones.
If sickness or an accident befall
Then humbly, Lord I pray,
Hear thou my call.
And when I'm feeling low,
Or in deep despair,
Lift up my heart
And help me in my prayer.
I live alone, dear Lord,
Yet have no fear,
Because I feel your Presence
Ever Near. Amen.

Written in 1952!
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Re: An Old English Prayer

Postby Patricia » Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:49 am

Shelagh - They are truly inspiring poems and lovely that
you Mum had kept them they must have comforted her.
I also have several personal items belonging to my late
Mum that I treasure. x
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Re: An Old English Prayer

Postby lynne99 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:36 pm

Thanks for posting shelagh. Made my day
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Re: An Old English Prayer

Postby dorothy834 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:52 pm

Thanks Shelagh. .lovely poems....
serious or humorous we all need one or the other....
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Re: An Old English Prayer

Postby Shelagh » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:49 pm

Patricia, Lynne, and Dorothy, thank you kindly for your lovely comments :-)

Need our precious treasures, Patricia..reason I felt taken aback by poems, always thought of our mum as being a strong and independent person... never occurred to me that she might feel vulnerable. keep learning new things about our loved ones every day, even though no longer with us!

Glad the poems made your day Lynne :D

Dorothy I agree...serious or humorous - all poetry will apply at sometime :wink: :)
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