Fulton Sheen’s Wartime Prayer Book

Got this little book from the Chaplain during processing yesterday. Found a little gem in it that needs sharing…

Prayer Before an Attack

It ain’t as I’opes ‘E’ll keep me safe
While the other blokes goes down
It Ain’t as I wants to leave this world
And wear an ‘ero’s crown.
It ain’t for that as I says my prayers
When I goes to the attack,
But I pray that whatever comes my way
I may never turn my back.
I leaves the matter o’life and death
To the Father who knows what’s best
And I prays that I still may play the man
Whether I turns east or west.
I’d sooner that it were east, ye know,
To Blighty and my gal Sue;
I’d sooner be there, wi’the gold in ‘er ‘air
And the skies be’ind all blue.
But still I pray I may do my bit,
And then, if I must turn west,
I’ll be unashamed
When my name is named,
And I’ll find a soldier’s rest.

By G.A. Studdert Kennedy

Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy, MC (27 June 1883 – 8 March 1929), was an Anglican priest and poet. He was nicknamed ‘Woodbine Willie’ during World War I for giving Woodbine cigarettes along with spiritual aid to injured and dying soldiers.


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An Army Major, my family and I are in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. We enjoy photography, cooking, reading and outdoor sports like hunting, fishing and trapping.
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