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First Prayer of the
New American Congress



Long may our land be bright
With freedom's holy light;
Protect us by thy might,
Great God, our King!

Samuel Francis Smith
1808 to 1895

Rev. Jacob Duche

O Lord, our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords, who dost from Thy throne behold all the dwellers of the earth, and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the kingdoms, empires, and governments, look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on the American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor, and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee. To Thee they have appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support which Thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, unto Thy nurturing care. The Committee on the Declaration of Independence,
an old engraving in the Public Library of Pontiac, Illinois; 
The Men Who Made The Nation, Edwin Erle Sparks, 
The Macmillian Company, London, 1901, p. 112
Jefferson, John Adams, Franklin, R.R. Livingston, Sherman; The Committee on the Declaration of Independence, an old engraving in the Public Library of Pontiac, Illinois; The Men Who Made The Nation, Edwin Erle Sparks, The Macmillian Company, London, 1901, p. 112

Give them wisdom in council and valor in the field. Defeat the malice of our adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their course, and, if they still persist in sanguinary purposes, oh! Let the voice of Thine own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle. Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly. Enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundations, that the scenes of blood may be speedily closed, and order, harmony, and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety prevail and flourish among Thy people. Preserve the health of their bodies and the vigor of their minds; shower down upon them and the millions they here represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world, and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Saviour. Amen.

--Rev. Jacob Duche

Source: The Normal Fifth Reader, Albert N. Raub, published by Porter & Coates, Philadelphia, p. 136.

Editor's Note: Be sure to read the document that sealed the fate of all Americans. To do that, click HERE. Tomorrow: A Speech on the American War, by Lord Chatham of Britain.

--Al Colombo, Editor
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