A Prayer for the King and Queen at their Coronation

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A Prayer for the King and Queen at their Coronation
written by John Masefield
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O GOD, the Ruler over Earth and Sea
Grant us Thy guidance in the reign to be.

Grant that our King may make this ancient land
A Realm of brothers, working mind and hand

To make the Life of Man a fairer thing:
God, grant this living glory to the King.

Grant to our Queen. The strength that lifts & shares
The daily burden that a monarch bears;

Grant, to them both Thy holy help to give
The hopeless, hope, the workless, means to live:

The light to see, and skill to make men see,
Where ways are bad, what better ways may be:

And grace, to give to working minds the zest
To reach excelling things beyond their best:

Grant to them Peace, and Thy diviner Peace,
The joy of making human wars to cease.

Make wise the councils of the men who sway
The Britain here, the Britain far away:

And grant to all, that every rightness willed
In this beginning reign may be fulfilled.

(May 1937)


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