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September 2, 2010

A pirate's prayer

Sir Francis Drake is best known as an English sea captain and pirate. He was the second man to circumnavigate the globe, and the first from England to do so. This beautiful prayer is attributed to him:

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

- Sir Francis Drake


  1. Marvellous! I'm going to print this and pin it up on the wall. It does bother me sometimes that my life is too comfortable.

  2. this is a great prayer.


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