Ancient Welsh Prayer

The large lighthouse and cross at Llanddwyn, photo by Noel.morgan2000

Grant, O God, your protection;
  and in your protection, strength;
  and in strength, understanding;
  and in understanding, knowledge;
  and in knowledge, the knowledge of justice;
  and in the knowledge of justice, the love of it;
  and in that love, the love of existence;
  and in the love of all existence, the love of God,
God and all goodness.

Ancient Welsh Prayer


Give the gift of wise rule to the king, O God,
    the gift of just rule to the crown prince.
May he judge your people rightly,
    be honorable to your meek and lowly.
Let the mountains give exuberant witness;
    shape the hills with the contours of right living.
Please stand up for the poor,
    help the children of the needy,
    come down hard on the cruel tyrants.
Outlast the sun, outlive the moon—
    age after age after age.
Be rainfall on cut grass,
    earth-refreshing rain showers.
Let righteousness burst into blossom
    and peace abound until the moon fades to nothing.
Rule from sea to sea,
    from the River to the Rim.

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