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A Writer’s Evening Prayer

A Writer’s Evening Prayer
(based on “An Evening Prayer” by C. Maud Battersby)

__________

 

If I have failed to heed your voice today,

If I have driven any of your thoughts away,

If I have written my own willful way:

Dear Lord, forgive!

 

If I have written idle words or vain,

If I have worked for earthly gain,

If my words should bring one soul pain,

Dear Lord, forgive!

 

If I appropriated words not mine,

If I failed to give a credit line,

If I’ve cast my pearls before swine,

Dear Lord, forgive!

 

If I’ve failed in substance or in style,

If in anything I’ve stooped to guile,

If I’ve failed at all to win your smile,

Dear Lord, forgive!

 

Forgive the sins I have confessed to you,

Forgive the sins I don’t know I do,

And make my writing both good and true;

All else forgive.

 

Amen.

 

 

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* * *

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* * *

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