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The Sailor's Prayer

This postcard has a color illustration of a sailor and a ship. It also has a variation of the prayer "Now I lay me down to sleep..." which is entitled "The Sailor's Prayer." On reverse: "Natural Color Post Card Made in U.S.A. by E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis.-(Caz)"; handwritten message.

Text on postcard:

Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. Grant no other sailor take My shoes and socks before I wake. Lord guard me in my slumber And keep my hammock on its number. May no clews nor lashings break And let me down before I wake. Keep me safely in thy sight And grant no fire drill tonight. And in the morning let me wake, Breathing scents of sirloin steak. God protect me in my dreams And make this better than it seems. Grant the time may swifty fly When myself shall rest on high. In a snowy feather bed, Where I long to rest my head, Far away from all these scenes From the smell of half-done beans. Take me back into the land Where they don't scrub down with sand, Where no Demon Typhoon blows, Where the women wash the clothes. God thou knowest all my woes, Feed me in my dying throes. Take me back, I'll promise then Never to leave home again. Four Years Later Our Father who are in Washington (Heaven) Please, dear Father, let me stay, Do not drive me now away. Wipe away my scalding tears and let me stay my thirty years. Please forgive me all my past And things that happened at the mast, Do not my request refuse, Let me stay another cruise AMEN

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