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1 GUY BUTLER A Prayer for all my countrymen MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

2 A Prayer for all my countrymen Though now few eyes Can see beyond Our tragic times complexities Dear God ordain Such deeds be done Such words be said MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

3 That men will praise Your image yet When all these terrors And hates are dead MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

4 Through rotting days Beaten, broken, Some stayed pure; Others learnt how To grin and endure And here and there A heart stayed warm A head grew clear. MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

5 Guy Butler (full name Frederick Guy Butler, b. 21 January 1918 in Cradock, Eastern Cape South Africa - 26 April 2001, Grahamstown, South Africa) was a South African poet and writer. He was born and educated in the Eastern Cape town of Cradock. He attended Rhodes University and received his MA in After marrying Jean Satchwell in 1940 he left South Africa to fight in the Second World War. After the war, he read English Literature at Brasenose College, Oxford University, graduating in He returned to South Africa, lecturing in English at the University of the Witwatersrand. In 1951, he returned to Rhodes University in Grahamstown to take up a post as Senior Lecturer, and a year later was made Professor and Head of English. He remained there until his retirement in 1987, when he was appointed Emeritus Professor and Honourary Research Fellow. He received honorary doctorates from the University of Natal, the University of the Witwatersrand and Rhodes University. Butler promoted the culture of English-speaking South Africans, which led to the charge of separatism from some critics, although he argued for integration rather than exclusivity. He was influential in achieving the recognition of South African English Literature as an accepted discipline. In his poetry he strove for the synthesis of European and African elements into a single voice MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

6 A Prayer for all my countrymen The title A prayer to God at a time when there was political intolerance and injustice. The prayer is meant for all his countrymen – people of all race, colour and creed. The fact that the poet expresses his thoughts in the form of a prayer tells us that he is asserting his own faith, his belief and his trust in God. My countrymen- implies that they are more than just people living in the same country – this suggests a sense of belonging – they all belong here. MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

7 A Prayer for all my countrymen The theme Praying to God, on behalf of all South Africans, to remove all ideological tension and all injustice in South Africa by creating a better understanding between all people. MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

8 A Prayer for all my countrymen Compare this poem to our National Anthem Lord, bless Africa May her spirit rise high up Hear thou our prayers Lord bless us. Lord, bless Africa Banish wars and strife Lord, bless our nation Of South Africa. Nkosi sikelel' iAfrika Maluphakanyisw' uphondo lwayo, Yizwa imithandazo yethu, Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo. Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso, O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho, O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso, Setjhaba sa South Afrika – South Afrika. MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

9 1.Though now few eyes 2.Can see beyond 3.Our tragic times complexities A time filled with tragedy and complicated and intricate problems. MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

10 4.Dear God ordain MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

11 5.Such deeds be done 6.Such words be said 7.That men will praise 8.Your image yet MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

12 9.When all these terrors 10.And hates are dead MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

13 11.Through rotting days 12.Beaten, broken, 13.Some stayed pure; MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

14 14.Others learnt how 15.To grin and endure MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

15 16.And here and there 17.A heart stayed warm 18.A head grew clear. MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

16 A head grew clear. MADE BY RONEL MYBURGH

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