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Poem by Edward Rowland Sill

A Prayer

O GOD, our Father, if we had but truth!
  Lost truthwhich thou perchance
Didst let man lose, lest all his wayward youth
  He waste in song and dance;
That he might gain, in searching, mightier powers        
For manlier use in those foreshadowed hours.

If, blindly groping, he shall oft mistake,
  And follow twinkling motes
Thinking them stars, and the one voice forsake
  Of Wisdom for the notes        
Which mocking Beauty utters here and there,
Thou surely wilt forgive him, and forbear!

Oh love us, for we love thee, MakerGod!
  And would creep near thy hand,
And call thee Father, Father, from the sod        
  Where by our graves we stand,
And pray to touch, fearless of scorn or blame,
Thy garments hem, which Truth and Good we name.

Edward Rowland Sill

Edward Rowland Sill's other poems:
  1. Hermione
  2. Fertility
  3. Tempted
  4. Moods
  5. On Second Thought

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Dante Rossetti A Prayer ("LADY, in thy proud eyes")
  • Anne Brontë A Prayer ("My God (oh, let me call Thee mine")
  • Paul Dunbar A Prayer ("O Lord, the hard-won miles")
  • Norman Gale A Prayer ("TEND me my birds, and bring again")
  • James Joyce A Prayer ("Again!") Paris, 1924
  • Amy Levy A Prayer ("Since that I may not have")
  • Sara Teasdale A Prayer ("Until I lose my soul and lie")
  • Claude McKay A Prayer ("Mid the discordant noises of the day I hear thee calling")
  • John Stagg A Prayer ("Hail, mighty Father! God of all!")
  • Ada Cambridge (Cross) A Prayer ("Spirit and Breath of Life, whate'er Thy name!")

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