deliver us

From lightning and tempest; from earthquake, fire, and flood; from plague, pestilence, and famine; from battle and murder, and from sudden death.

When in doubt, quote The Book of Common Prayer. (The 1662 version that is — don’t bother otherwise.)

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Nic Sebastian

Nic is the author of Forever Will End On Thursday and Dark And Like A Web. She founded the now-archived Whale Sound site and is co-founder of The Poetry Storehouse. Nic blogs at Very Like A Whale and Voice Alpha.

2 thoughts on “deliver us”

  1. Interesting. In your view, what are the changes made for the 1662 version which made it better than Cranmer’s original of 1549 or the first revision a couple years later? (I notice your hyperlink gives thanks for Elizabeth II and Prince Philip and Charles and even Camilla. How do you suppose those clever Tudors and Stuarts knew about them? It must have been the court necromancer.)

  2. Hallo, Richard. You’ll be relieved to hear that anything from or previous to the 17th century is actually just fine. 1662 just happens to be the version I know best.

    Camilla, eh?

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