“Gentle Mother, font of mercy,
save our sons from war, we pray,
stay the swords and stay the arrows,
let them know a better day.
Gentle Mother, strength of women,
help our daughters through this fray,
soothe the wrath and tame the fury,
teach us all a kinder way.”
George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings (Bantam Books New York 1999)
There is a theory that if women became world leaders they would all sit down at a convention and come up with solutions to the wars (and rumors of wars) that plague humankind with a combination of female practicality and intuition and without the testosterone-fueled saber rattling that usually accompanies such discussions. Of course, it is only a theory.
Even in Martin’s world (the quote above is from the second novel in the epic series A Song of Ice and Fire) there are war-like women (Asha, Cersei and Brienne, for example) and even Catelyn Stark would admit that war is sometimes necessary to protect the homeland from amoral aggressors.
Still, it is interesting that the only hymn reproduced thusly by author Martin is addressed to a female deity. Makes one wonder what would happen if …. but then Martin’s series of novels do take place in a fantasy universe, after all.