So I saw Grigua’s Prayer quoted today, but when I hit Google … it doesn’t seem to have a reasonable source.
The “prayer” is a response to a situation which has gotten out of hand, and you need:
The Lord to come himself and not to send his Son, as this is not a time for children.
So, it would seem the quote comes from Smuts through Keynes to Skidelsky.
Except that if you look it up on Google, the only cites occurring before 2004 are … DeLong quoting Skidelsky.
But, if you look up quotes by Smuts … it’s not there.
So, here we have a quote, alleged to be used in 1919, that is apocryphal before 2000.
I don’t get it. But, I still like the quote.