Photo credit: Unknown
Photo credit: Unknown

It’s always good to make time for reflection on wisdom from the past. Whether that be in the form of written word, song or photos, there is almost always something to gain from the reflection. I’ve shared this in previous posts including characteristics of a farmer in The Farmer’s Creed. Then there were the words of Paul Harvey brought to life in the Dodge RAM Super Bowl ad – So God Made A Farmer. And of course, you can’t forget the cowboy ethics shared in the Code of the West.

Today, I have another great column of advice and reflection today, circa 1890.

Cattlemen’s Prayer

Now O Lord please lend thine ear,
The prayer of the Cattleman to hear;
No doubt many prayers to thee seem strange,
But won’t you bless this cattle range?

Bless the round-up year by year
And don’t forget the growing steer;
Water the land with brooks and rills

For my cattle that roam a thousand hills.

Now, O Lord, won’t you be good
And give our livestock plenty of food;
And to avert a winter’s woe
Give Italian skies and little snow.

Prairie fires won’t you please stop,
Let thunder roll and water drop,
It frightens me to see the smoke,
Unless it’s stopped, I’ll go dead broke.

As you, O Lord, our herds behold–
Which represents a sack of gold–
I think at least five cents per pound
Should be the price of beef year round.

One more thing and then I’m through,
Instead of one calf, give my cows two.
I may pray different than some others, but then
I’ve had my say, and now amen.

–Author Unknown, circa 1890