The Women's Institute Ode
A goodly thing it is to meet
In Friendship's circle bright,
Where nothing stains the pleasure sweet
Nor dims the radiant light.
No unkind word our lips shall pass,
Nor envy sour the mind,
But each shall seek the common weal,
The good of all mankind.
The Mary Stewart Collect
Keep us O Lord from Pettiness; let us be
large in thought, in word and deed.
Let us be done with fault finding and leave
off self seeking.
May we put away all pretence and meet
each other face to face, without self pity and
May we never be hasty in judgement and
Let us take time for all things; make us grow
calm, serene, gentle.
Teach us to put into action our better impulses
straight forward and unafraid.
Grant that we may realize that it is the little
things that create differences; that in the
big things of life we are one.
And may we strive to touch and know the
great human heart common to us all, and
O Lord God let us not forget to be kind.