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Lord Nelson's Last Prayer

LORD NELSON'S TRAFALGAR PRAYER

On the morning of 21st October 1805, with the combined fleets of France and Spain in sight, Nelson wrote the subsequent prayer:

May the great God, whom I worship, grant to my country and for the benefit of Europe in general, a great and glorious victory: and may no misconduct, in any one, tarnish it: and may humanity after victory be the predominant feature in the British fleet.

For myself individually, I commit my life to Him who made me and may His blessing light upon my endeavours for serving my country faithfully.

To Him I resign myself and the just cause which is entrusted to me to defend.

Amen. Amen. Amen.