<nettime> The War Prayer

Gregory Alan Bolcer gbolcer@endeavors.com
Wed, 05 Mar 2003 10:29:06 -0800


That was also used to some extent in
"We were soldiers" with Mel Gibson.

Greg

John Hall wrote:
> I'm sure Patton used it.
> 
> I'm all for using it in the coming war with Iraq.
> 
> Yet I'd be queasy about doing it in the Philippines circa 1905, which
> was his point.
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> 
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>>Hettinga
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>>The following prayer is from a story by Mark Twain, and was quoted by
>>Lewis
>>Laphan in the October issue of Harper's magazine. It occurs at the
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> very
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>>end
>>of an excellent article which I recommend to you.
>>
>>In the story, an old man enters a church where the congregation has
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> been
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>>listening to an heroic sermon about "the glory to be won in battle by
>>young
>>patriots armed with the love of God." He usurps the pulpit and prays
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> the
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>>following:
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>>"O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreads with
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> our
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>>shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of
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> their
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>>patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the
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> shrieks of
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>>their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble
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> homes
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>>with
>>a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending
>>widows
>>with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their
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> little
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>>children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in
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> rags
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>>and
>>hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames in summer and the icy
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> winds of
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>>winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the
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> refuge
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>>of
>>the grave and denied it -- for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast
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> their
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>>hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make
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> heavy
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>>their
>>steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the
>>blood
>>of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is
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> the
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>>Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all
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> that
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>>are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts.
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> Amen."
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>>Twain wrote the story, "The War Prayer," in 1905 during the American
>>occupation of the Philippines, but the story wasn't printed until
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> 1923,
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>>thirteen years after his death, because the editors thought it
>>"unsuitable"
>>for publication at the time it was written.
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