Poems (Coates 1916)/Volume II/A Russian's Prayer for His Horse, Before Going into Battle

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A RUSSIAN'S PRAYER FOR HIS HORSE, BEFORE GOING INTO BATTLE

A PARAPHRASE

ALSO for these that with us bear
The heat and burden of the day,
These humble creatures of Thy care,
O Merciful, we pray.


Their guileless lives they offer, Lord,
To aid their country in distress.
Grant to their virtue the reward
Of Thy great tenderness.


Have pity also, Lord, on these—
On these, so docile, faithful, meek!
We supplicate upon our knees
For them that cannot speak.