A ‘Grace’ from Robert Louis Stevenson
Lord behold our family here assembled.
We thank thee for this place in which
We dwell, for the love that unites us, for
The peace accorded us this day,
For the health, the work, the food, and the bright
Skies that make our lives delight, for
Our friends in all parts of the earth.
Give us courage, gaiety, and the quiet mind.
Spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.
Bless us, if it may be, in all our innocent endeavours.
If it may not, give us the strength to encounter that which is to come.
May we be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath,
And in all changes of fortune loyal and loving to one another.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish novelist, poet and travel writer