Sister’s and Veteran’s Prayers

A Sister’s Prayer
Dear God, if I were but a boy,
I would enlist at once and fight
For Liberty, Oh, what a joy
To give my life for Thee and Right!
My hand, O God, I shall not give
To one who has not taken part
In this great war that Freedom live!
A soldier, Lord, shall have my heart!
A Veteran’s Prayer
Alas! my God, I’m sixty-one;
Though used to armies and the fray,
“Too old,” they say, “to shoulder gun;”
‘Tis hard to only watch and pray.
But I have sent my son to France,
My flesh and blood to fight for me.
O happy son! This is your chance
To die for God and Liberty!
From A Nation Under God by Ken Clifton
Stars and Stripes (Paris, France) 1918-1919
June 14, 1918, Vol. 1 No. 19, page 8
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