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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Prayer during the Battle
By Karl Theodor Körner (1791–1813)
 
Translation of John Stuart Blackie

        FATHER, I call on thee!
Clouds from the thunder-voiced cannon enveil me,
Lightnings are flashing, death’s thick darts assail me:
    Ruler of battles, I call on thee!
        Father, oh, lead thou me!        5
 
        Father, oh, lead thou me!
Lead me to victory, or to death lead me;
With joy I accept what thou hast decreed me.
    God, as thou wilt, so lead thou me!
        God, I acknowledge thee!        10
 
        God, I acknowledge thee!
Where, in still autumn, the sear leaf is falling,
Where peals the battle, its thunder appalling:
    Fount of all grace, I acknowledge thee!
        Father, oh, bless thou me!        15
 
        Father, oh, bless thou me!
Into thy hand my soul I resign, Lord;
Deal as thou wilt with the life that is thine, Lord.
    Living or dying, oh, bless thou me!
        Father, I praise thy name!        20
 
        Father, I praise thy name!
Not for earth’s wealth or dominion contend we;
The holiest rights of the freeman defend we.
    Victor or vanquished, praise I thee!
        God, in thy name I trust!        25
 
        God, in thy name I trust!
When in loud thunder my death-note is knelling,
When from my veins the red blood is welling,
    God, in thy holy name I trust!
        Father, I call on thee!        30
 
 
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