Message Board - The Voices of Men
In Praise of Jane Austen
September through December - 2001
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Jane Austen wrote this prayer circa 1817
Give us grace Almighty Father, so to pray, as to deserve to be heard, to address thee with our hearts, as with our lips. Thou art every where present, from thee no secret can be hid. May the knowledge of this, teach us to fix our thoughts on thee, with reverence and devotion that we pray not in vain.
Look on the sins we have this day committed and in mercy make us feel
them deeply, that our repentance may be sincere, and our resolutions
steadfast of endeavouring against the commission of such in future.
Teach us to understand the sinfulness of our own hearts, and bring to
our knowledge every fault of temper and every evil habit in which we
have indulged to the discomfort of our fellow creatures, and the danger
of our own souls. May we now, and on each return of night, consider how
the past day has been spent by us, what have been our prevailing
thoughts, words and actions during it, and how far we acquit ourselves
of evil. ... Have we neglected any known duty, or willingly given pain
to any human being? Incline us to ask our hearts these questions oh!
God, and save us from deceiving ourselves by pride or vanity.
|... the infant United States of America was eleven months old. That was the month that the American Continental Congress adopted this flag as the national emblem. Some still hold to the tradition that the design should be attributed to a Philadelphia upholsterer, the young, recently widowed Betsy Griscom Ross (1752-1836).|| |
The Betsy-Ross Flag, 1777
She Wears a Sailor's Cross
She's got everything she needs,
She never stumbles,
She wears a sailor's cross
Bow down to her on Sunday,
She Belongs to Me
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This web site was introduced on December 16th, 1997 because that was the 222nd anniversary of Jane Austen's birth. This date was also the 227th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven.
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