The Lord's Prayer
(These interesting verses were found in Charleston, South Carolina during the Civil War. They were printed on satin and were evidently prized by the owner, whoever he or she may have been. Neither do we know who wrote them.)
Thou to the mercy seat our souls dost gather,
To do our duty unto Thee.... Our Father
To whom all promise, all honor should be given.
For Thou are the great God ...Who art in Heaven,
Thou, by Thy wisdom, rul'st the world's whole frame;
Forever, therefore....hallowed by Thy name.
Let nevermore delays divide us from
Thy glorious grace, but let ....Thy kingdom come,
Let Thy commands opposed be by none;
But Thy good pleasure and....Thy will be done,
And let our promptness to obey be even
The very same....on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Then for our souls, O Lord, we also pray
Thou wouldst be pleased to ....Give us this day
The food of life, wherewith our souls are fed,
Sufficient raiment, and....our daily bread,
With every needful thing do Thou relieve us
And of Thy mercy pity....and forgive us
All our misdeeds, for Him whom Thou didst please
To make an offering for....our trespasses
And for as much, O Lord, as we believe
That Thou will pardon us....as we forgive
Let that love teach, wherewith Thou dost acquaint us,
To pardon all....those who trespass against us,
And though soul and body want to desperation,
Nor let earth's gain drive us....into temptation,
Let not the soul of any true believer
Fall in the time of trial....but deliver
Yea, save them from the malice of the devil,
And in both life and death keep....us from evil,
Thus pray we, Lord, for that of Thee, from whom
This may be had....for Thine is the Kingdom,
This world is Thy work, its wondrous story
To Thee belong....the Power and Glory;
And all Thy wondrous works have ended never,
But will remain forever and....forever.
Thus we poor creatures would confess again,
And thus would say eternally....Amen.