The Clown’s Prayer

The Clown's Prayer VAC Variety Artists Club New Zealand Inc

The Clown’s Prayer is a poem or prayer that dates back to the vaudeville era.  Comedians and entertainers have used it since then for inspiration.  The original author is unknown.

As I stumble through this life,
Help me to create more laughter than tears,
Dispense more cheer than gloom,
Spread more cheer than despair.
Never let me become so indifferent,
That I will fail to see the wonders in the eyes of a child,
Or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged.
Never let me forget that my total effort is to cheer people,
Make them happy, and forget momentarily,
All the unpleasantness in their lives.
And in my final moment,
May I hear You whisper:
“When you made My people smile,
You made Me smile.”

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