|excerpts from the book...|
The Autobiography of Emperor Haile Sellassie I King of Kings of Ethiopia
Translated and annotated by Edward Ullendorff
|At this hour, when I have found occasion and time to write the story of my life, I preface my |
writing by presenting the following prayer to my Creator and then continue this work.
O Lord, almighty in whom there is no weakness, eternal in whom there is no transcience; in
admiring Your work as well as Your judgements, a created being, even after much searching,
cannot fathom them--except to a limited extent.
...whatever the task may be, let everyone realize and be convinced that it will be accomplished
at the proper time and age and that it is impossible to have it fullfilled either by just desiging it
or by hurrying it unduly.
I pray to You that all this may be in full accord with Your will. * Daniel, 9:18 * St. John 15:5 *
...by His wisdom and His will, that Ethiopia should rise up from the condition of mere custom,
in which she had been living hitherto, and pass on to a higher level of civilization.
...law is a strong and unchallengeable force which is ordained to exist among men in sanctity,
purity, and honour; it is a requirement of peacefulness to be a safeguard of the interests
existing among men--properly poised and for ever indestructible.
...By the Emperor's action of giving us the law and by our action of accepting, honouring, and
fulfilling it we are able to make our life in this world one of hope and loyalty.