Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Stephen Vincent Benét (18981943)
Grant us a common faith that man shall know bread and peacethat he shall know justice and righteousness, freedom and security, an equal opportunity and an equal chance to do his best not only in our own lands, but throughout the world. And in that faith let us march toward the clean world our hands can make.
STEPHEN VINCENT BENÉT, Prayer, concluding sentences (1942).
Archibald MacLeish, poet and Librarian of Congress, asked Benét to write The United Nations Prayer to be used in the celebration of Flag Day, 1942. President Franklin D. Roosevelt used it to close his radio address on Flag Day, June 14, 1942. Adlai E. Stevenson used this final section of the prayer on his Christmas cards in 1964.