The prayer is also adapted from the writings of Robert Louis Stevenson. Stevenson, who spent a brief portion of his life here in 1879, arrived as a sickly expatriate on the most desperate of romantic quests, pursuing Fanny Osborne, who he would later marry. He was nursed back to health by a goat rancher in Carmel Valley and a restaurateur in Monterey who took him in as a stranger and extended to him every possible kindness. It is fitting that this story sits as the kernel of our School’s inception, because this is what we do: welcome strangers on quests, help them get better, and deliver them on to meet their destiny. And, regardless of our religious beliefs or skepticism (Stevenson is non-denominational), our prayer is meant to invoke the spirit of reverence that connects all Pirates to the School and to one another.
Oh, Lord, give us the strength to encounter that which is to come,
That we may be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath,
And in all change of fortune and down to the gates of death,
Loyal and loving to one another.