The Cowboy Prayer

O Lord, I've never lived where churches grow;

I've loved creation better as it stood

That day you finished it, so long ago,

And looked upon your work and called it good.

Just let me live my life as I've begun!

And give me work that's open to the sky;

Make me a partner of the wind and sun,

And I won't ask a life that's soft and high.

Make me as big and open as the plains;

As honest as the horse between my knees;

Clean as the wind that blows behind the rains

Free as the hawk that circles down the breeze.

Just keep an eye on all that's done and said;

Just right me sometime when I turn aside;

And guide me on the long, dim trail ahead

That stretches upwards towards

the Great Divide.


- Badger Clark

Note: This is one of many takes on the Cowboy Prayer, all of which are attributed to Badger Clark. This is the most common one we've found in our neck of the woods. Other versions contain an additional half or even full stanza. - BMG

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