Today's Beautiful Gem: `Thou Who Art' by Dag Hammarskjo:ld,
translated from Swedish by Leif Sjo:berg and W. H. Auden.

"Thou who art over us,
Thou who art one of us,
Thou who _art_--
Also within us,
May all see Thee-- in me also,
May I prepare the way for Thee,
May I thank Thee for all that shall fall to my lot,
May I also not forget the needs of others,
Keep me in Thy love
As Thou wouldest that all should be kept in mine.
May everything in this my being be directed to Thy glory
And may I never despair.
For I am under Thy hand,
And in Thee is all power and goodness.

"Give me a pure heart-- that I may see Thee,
A humble heart-- that I may hear Thee,
A heart of love-- that I may serve Thee,
A heart of faith-- that I may abide in Thee."

Note: Dag Hammarskjo:ld was the first Secretary General of the United Nations Organisation. This is from his posthumously published book `Markings', about which the NY Times Book Review remarks: "The noblest self-disclosure of spiritual struggle and triumph, perhaps the greatest testament of personal devotion, published in this century..."

Om s'aantih: Peace! - J. K. Mohana Rao