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God bless all clowns

God bless all clowns.
Who star in the world with laughter,
Who ring the rafters with flying jest,
Who make the world spin merry on its way.

God bless all clowns.
So poor the world would be,
Lacking their piquant touch, hilarity,
The belly laughs, the ringing lovely.

God bless all clowns.
Give them a long good life,
Make bright their way – they’re a race apart!
Alchemists most, who turn their hearts’ pain,
Into a dazzling jest to lift the heart.
God bless all clowns.

[Editor’s note: this poem, originally titled, “A prayer for clowns” was a favorite of Stan Laurel‘s, and read at his funeral by Dick van Dyke as part of Stan’s eulogy]

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