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First Line: O god, the ruler over earth and sea
Last Line: In this beginning reign may be fulfilled.
Alternate Author Name(s): Masefield, John Edward
Subject(s): Coronations; George Vi, King Of England (1894-1952); Great Britain - Rulers; Peace; Prayer

O God, the Ruler over Earth and Sea,
Grant us Thy guidance in the reign to be;

Grant, that our King may make this ancient land
A realm of brothers, working mind and hand

To make the life of man a fairer thing;
God, grant this living glory to the King.

Grant, to our Queen the strength that lifts and shares
The daily burden that a monarch bears;

Grant, to them both Thy holy help to give
The hopeless, hope, the workless means to live;

The light to see, and skill to make us see,
Where ways are bad, what better ways may be;

And grace, to give to working minds the zest
To reach excelling things beyond their best;

Grant to them peace, and Thy diviner peace,
The joy of making human wars to cease;

Make wise the councils of the men who sway
The Britain here, the Britains far away;

And grant us all, that every rightness willed
In this beginning reign may be fulfilled.

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