On the morning of 21st October, 1805 with the combined fleets of France and Spain in sight Admiral Lord Nelson took a moment to gather his thoughts and pray.
“MAY THE GREAT GOD, whom I worship, grant to my country and for the benefit of Europe in general, a great and glorious victory: and may no misconduct, in anyone, tarnish it: and may humanity after victory be the predominant feature in the British Fleet.
For myself Individually, I commit my life to Him who made me and may His blessing light upon my endeavours for serving my Country faithfully. To Him I resign and the just cause which is entrusted to me to defend.
AMEN AMEN AMEN”
Admiral Lord Nelson, 21st October 1805.