A Prayer for the artists
We thank the universe for the artists,
the masters of form and colour and sound,
who have power to unlock for us
the vaster spaces of emotion
and to lead us by their hand
into the reaches of nobler passions.
We rejoice in their gifts
and desire to keep them distant
from the temptations which beset their powers.
Save them from the discouragements of a selfish ambition
and from the vanity that feeds on cheap applause,
from the snare of the senses
and from the dark phantoms that haunt the listening soul
(Adapted from an old prayer-book)