Described by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr, in an interview with The Paris Review as a Prayer for Writers. This verse by Samuel Johnson appears in his Prayers and Meditations. Vonnegut also went on to suggested April the third (its date of composition) as a likey candidate for “Writers’ Day”. So here it goes :
O God, who hast hitherto supported me,
enable me to proceed in this labor,
and in the whole task of my present state;
that when I shall render up, at the last day,
an account of the talent committed to me,
I may receive pardon, for the sake of Jesus Christ.
Samuel Johnson (April 3, 1753)