John S. Hoyland’s prayer~a pathway of peace

From this fog-bound Earth of ours

We take refuge in you.

O rest of our souls,

Escaping like birds from a broken cage

To the keen, clear air, and the sunny uplands

Where you dwell, and with you

Find release from meanness of spirit,

From jealousy, slander, hypocrisy,

From selfish ambition,

From the insidious darkness that broods

And breeds in our wills and hides

The vision of good and the pathway of peace.

We take refuge in you:

Let us walk honestly in the daylight.

~John S. Hoyland (1830-94), England

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