Quotation by Mark Twain

O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief ... for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.
Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910), U.S. author. The aged stranger, in The War Prayer (dictated 1904-1905), published in Complete Essays of Mark Twain, ed. Charles Neider (1963).

Claiming to be God's messenger verbalizing a congregation's unspoken prayer; real name is Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
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