Poems and Prayers

Bedtime Prayer

Now I lay me down to sleep,
Please help me learn my world to keep.
To guard the air and shies of blue,
The oceans, lakes and rivers too.
Save the mighty forest lands,
The plains, the shores, the desert sands.
Protect all creatures, wild and free,
In air, on land, and in the sea.

Another Bedtime Prayer

Now I lay me,
down to sleep.
I pray the Guardians
my soul to keep.
If I should die,
before I wake.
I pray the Guardians
my soul to take...
Blessed Be,
everyone we love.

WiccanRose posted at wicca.com

Another Bedtime Prayer

May the Powers That Be
Guard and guide me
As I travel and play
In the Dreamland.

May all who are dear to me
(insert names if you wish)
Dream in joy and safety.

Lullaby

Rock-a-bye baby, in the tree top,
When the wind blows, your cradle will rock.
Birds will serenade you, Stars guard the night.
Slumber in peace, `til morning brings light.

Mealtime Prayer

Blessed Be our Hearth and Home,
and our Family, wherever we Roam
Blessed Be this Food, our Feast
May we always Dwell in Love and Peace

Another Mealtime Prayer

We give thanks to all who have given of themselves
So that we may share this meal with those we love.

Grace

For what we are about to recieve,
we thank you Ancient Ones.
Blessed be.

WiccanRose posted at wicca.com

Grace

Earth, water, air adn fire combined to make this food
Numberless beings have died and labored that we may eat
May we be nourished that we may nourish life

Ojai School, Earth Prayers pg 345

Grace

All life is your own
All fruits of the earth
Are fruits of your womb,
Your union, your dance.
Lady and Lord,
We thank you for your blessing and abundance.
Join with us, Feast with us, Enjoy with us!
Blessed be.

Starhawk, Earth Prayers pg 359

Prayer

Where I sit is holy,
Holy is the ground
Forst, mountain, river,
Listen to the sound
Great Spirit circle
All around me.

Anonymous, Earth Prayers pg 363

Prayer

From all the dwells below the skies,
Let faith and hope with joy arise,
Let beauty, truth and good be sung
Through every land, by every tongue.

Unitarian Prayer, Earth Prayers pg 363

Prayer

Great Spirit,
give us hearts to understand,
never to take
from creation's beauty more than we give;
never to destroy wantonly for the furtherance fo greed;
never to deny to give our hands for the building of the earth's beauty;
never to take from her what we cannot use.
Give us hearts to understand that to destroy the earth's music is to create confusion;
that to wreak her appearance is to blind us to beauty;
that to callously pollute her fragrance is to make a house of stench;
that as we care for her, she will care for us. Amen.

U.N. Environmental Sabbath Program, Earth Prayers pg 118

Birth and Death Prayer

Earth brings us into life
and nourishes us.
Earth takes us back again
Birht and death are present in every moment

Thich Nhat Hanh, Earth Prayers pg 367

Passing poem

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you wake in the morning hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there. I do not sleep.

Joyce Fossen, Earth Prayers pg 30

Goddess Are You Real?

The little child whispered, "Goddess speak to me."
And a meadowlark sang.
But the child did not hear.
So the child yelled, "Goddess speak to me!"
And the thunder rolled across the sky.
The little child looked around and and said, "Goddess let me see you."
And a star shone brightly.
But the child did not notice.
And the child shouted, "Goddess show me a miracle!"
And a baby was born.
But the child did not know.
So the child cried out in despair, "Touch me Goddess, and let me know you are here!"
Whereupon the Goddess reached down and touched the child.
But the child brushed the butterfly away and walked away unknowingly.

-- Author Unknown

Pledge of Alliance

I pledge alliance
with the Earth,
and with the life
for which she stands,
one planet under stars,
irreplaceable,
with love and generosity for all.

Elizabeth Barrette, PanGaia#34, pg. 4

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