Jimmy Stewart Says Grace

Jimmy Stewart gets his cynicism on in this Thanksgiving prayer scene from Shenandoah (1965). Amazing monologue—transcription below.

Lord, we cleared this land. We plowed it, sowed it, and harvested. We cooked the harvest. It wouldn't be here, we wouldn't be eatin' it, if we hadn't done it all ourselves. We worked Dog-bone hard for every crumb and morsel. But we thank you just the same anyway, Lord, for this food were about to eat. Amen.
(written by James Lee Barrett)

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