APROPOS YOUR correspondent's recent article on "moral hazards of the modern motor car addict" I thought that you might like to seethe following Motorists' Prayer, the author of which is unknown, and which can be found in the delightful little church of St Leonard at Hythe, Kent. Written at the beginning of the motor car age its courteous and thoughtful message would do well to be printed in our minds before all our journeys.
Give me a steady hand, a watchful eye, That none may suffer hurt when I pass by.
Thou givest life: I pray no act of mine May take away or mar that gift of Thine.
Shield those, dear Lord, who bear me company, From foolish folk and all calamity. Teach me to use my car for others' need.
Let me not miss through witless love of speed
The beauties of Thy world. That thus I may
With joy and courtesy go on my way.
Richard Harris Canterbury.