Uncle Buddy's Prayer
Oh Lord, give me a backbone as big as a sawlog,
ribs like the sleepers under the church floor,
put iron shoes on me and galvanized breeches,
give me a rhinoceros hide for a skin,
and hang a wagonload of determination up in the gable-end of my soul,
and help me to sign the contract to fight the devil as long as I've got a fist
and bite him as long as I have a tooth,
then gum him till I die.
All this I ask for Christ's sake.
-- Early 20th Century Nazarene Evangelist, Uncle Buddy Robinson