The common myth is that the Desiderata poem was found in a Baltimore church in 1692 and is centuries old, of unknown origin. Desiderata was in fact written around 1920 (although some say as early as 1906), and certainly copyrighted in 1927, by lawyer Max Ehrmann (1872-1945) based in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Whatever the history of Desiderata, the prose is inspirational. I came across this for the first time on the weekend whilst visiting my mum and really connected with it.  Purchased it on an A4 card beautifully presented which is now in my lounge room for some grounding.