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AUTHOR: Saint Basil (c. 330–379)
QUOTATION: And for these also, Dear Lord, the humble beasts, who with us bear the burden and heat of the day, and offer their guileless lives for the well-being of their country, we supplicate Thy great tenderness of heart, for Thou hast promised to save both man and beast. And great is Thy loving kindness, Oh Master, Savior of the world.
ATTRIBUTION: Attributed to ST. BASIL of Caesarea, prayer, A.D. 370.—The Washington Daily News, April 16, 1971, p. 23. Unverified.