George Washington's Prayer

For His Country, 8 June 1783


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A. I now make it my earnest prayer,

    B. that God would have [the United States] in his holy protection,

      C. that he would incline the hearts of the Citizens
           to cultivate a spirit of subordination
           and obedience to Government,

        D. to entertain a brotherly affection

          E. and love for one another,
               for their fellow Citizens of [the United States] at large,

            F. and particularly for their brethren who served in the Field,

          E. and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all,
               to do Justice,
               to love mercy,

      C. and to demean ourselves with that Charity,
           humility and
           pacific temper of mind,

        D. which were the Characteristicks of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion,

    B. and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things,
          we can never hope to be a happy Nation.

A. Amen.


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