Pursuing Peace - Ye Olde Prayers series (19)


Hymn & Tune: Make me a channel...'

Based on a prayer of St Francis of Assisi, 13th Century


Lord, make me instrument of peace

Where hatred rules, let me there bring your love

Where there is malice, forgiveness

Where disputes, [let] reconcilings be



O Master, let me strive more to comfort

Than to be comforted, to understand

More than to be understood, and to love

Others more than myself to be loved here


Where there is error may I bring

Truth, where there is doubt, may I bring belief

Where there is despair, to bring hope

Where darkness, light, where sorrow, joy - Chorus


For they who do give do receive

They who forget themselves, they themselves find

They who forgive, forgiveness receive

Dying, we rise to eternal life - Chorus*


* The Chorus after the last verse is optional.

  • Author: orchidee (Offline Offline)
  • Published: February 11th, 2024 03:28
  • Comment from author about the poem: A hymn-poem. It can be an 'irregular' format. I have set it to: Verses: Chorus: I have not rhymed it but have sought to keep it as near to the original prayer as possible. You can contrast the original hymn with this hymn-poem, which may be jerky in places.
  • Category: Spiritual
  • Views: 12
  • User favorite of this poem: Accidental Poet.
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  • orchidee

    There is self-denial, though the Chorus may be a bit ascetic (self-denigrating, etc). There are times surely when WE ourselves need to be consoled, to be understood, to be loved. Though it says 'Grant we may never seek SO MUCH to be.....' That's not the royal 'we'!

  • Neville

    You keep on chasing it Steven sadly, I don't think it going to happen for a while .. and I don't mean your tail ..


    • orchidee

      Thanks N. There seem to be plenty of old prayers about! How about a 'new' one from me. Not too new now - nothing later than 1900. lol.

    • sorenbarrett

      This should be required in all churches. A message more Christian than most sermons. If only people could take it to heart. Magnificent write Orchi

      • orchidee

        Thanks SB. A bit ascetic, especially the chorus? We don't have to whip ourselves, or be Flagellants - whipping self for one's sins. Not that sort of whips, says Fido - no need for a swoon! lol.

      • arqios

        Peaceful pursuit succeeds!

        • orchidee

          Thanks A. I think I have 'Peaceful Pursuits' Poems 1, 2, maybe more in me Archives on here!

        • Accidental Poet

          A fine write here Orchi. 😊👍

          • orchidee

            Thanks AP.

          • Thomas W Case


            • orchidee

              Thanks T.

            • Bella Shepard

              Beautiful Orchi,! He who is selfless, does find himself. What could be better?

              • orchidee

                Thanks B. Whoever finds KP finds...'me, me, me!' lol.

                • Bella Shepard

                  How about 'la, la, la'? lol

                • Goldfinch60

                  Good one Orchi.

                  • orchidee

                    Thanks Gold.

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