Prayer

Gustaf Munch-Petersen: Nineteen Poems

Powers, controlling Heaven and Earth

the sun and the storm and the sea,

powers, who control, invisible to the eyes,

the life and doings of humans,

powers, who control, invisible to the soul,

slavery and deprivation, trembling happiness,

wars and horrors, shame and sin,

powers, I beg in pain,

give me light for my work,

powers, let me not die useless,

Mighty Ones, brand Your mark

deep in my shifty mind –