Where the mind is without fear
By Rabindranath Tagore
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic wars;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action –
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
I pray this for the nations. I pray this for myself and my family and friends and acquaintances. I pray this for the strangers I pass by on the streets and for the children, born and unborn. I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, who is the way, the truth and the life.