O God, who died our death deserved
       to purchase for us perfect peace.
speak now to those Thou hast preserved
      the word to make our warrings cease.
Our hatred, envy, fear lay in
      the tomb, that buried we may rise
from Hell, to let Thy love begin
     to point us where the world cries.

                                                                       -- Mahlon H. Smith 

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* Author's note: This prayer was composed
for an Easter service
(11 April 1964)
as acts of violence were increasing
both in the Civil Right struggle & in the occupation of Viet Nam.

Collected Poems
Mahlon H Smith

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