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Prayer of St. Basil
The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof.
Oh, God, enlarge within us the sense of fellowship
With all living things; with our brothers, the animals
To whom Thou gavest the earth as their homes
In common with us.
We remember with shame that in the past
We exercised the high dominion of man
With ruthless cruelty so that the voice of the earth,
Which should have gone up to Thee in song,
Has been a groan of travail.
May we realize that they live not for us alone,
But for themselves, and for Thee,
And that they love the sweetness of life.
St. Basil, 376 AD
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