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Prayer.1

Before thy throne, O God!
Upon this blood-wet sod,
We bend the knee:
And to the darkened skies
We lift imploring eyes,
We cry to thee.

The clouds of gloom untold
Have deepened fold on fold,
By thy command;
And war's red banner waves
Still o'er the bloody graves
That fill the land.

Our trampled harvest fields,
No more their bounty yields
Our corn and wine;
Thy suffering children see;
We crave no friend but thee,
No help but thine.

Behold how few we stand,
To guard our native land
From shame and wrong;
How weak without thine aid!
Yet by thy hand arrayed,
We shall be strong.

Hark! through the vernal air,
The foemen's shout we hear,
They come, they come!
From valley, hill, and coast,
They throng, a countless host,
Around our home.

O God! save it from harm!
Stretch forth thy mighty arm,
Thy glitt'ring spear!
We fight beneath thy shield,
We cannot fear nor yield,
For thou art near.

And thou, O Christ! so fair,
Who didst our sorrows bear:
O Prince of peace!
Breathe but thy love divine
Through all this world of thine,
And war shall cease.

1 these verses were written by a deaf and dumb girl of Savannah, Georgia, on the occasion of a fast-day.

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