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Poem by Robert Burns


A Prayer in the Prospect of Death


O THOU unknown Almighty Cause
  Of all my hope and fear!
In whose dread presence, ere an hour,
  Perhaps I must appear!

If I have wanderd in those paths
  Of life I ought to shun;
As something, loudly in my breast,
  Remonstrates I have done;

Thou knowst that Thou hast formed me
  With passions wild and strong;
And listning to their witching voice
  Has often led me wrong.

Where human weakness has come short,
  Or frailty stept aside,
Do thou, All-Good! for such Thou art,
  In shades of darkness hide.

Where with intention I have errd,
  No other plea I have,
But Thou art good; and Goodness still
  Delighteth to forgive.



Robert Burns


Robert Burns's other poems:
  1. Epitaph on Wee Johnny
  2. The Cairds Second Song
  3. The Sailors Song
  4. Prologue, Spoken at the Theatre, Dumfries, on New Years Day Evening [1790]
  5. To Dr. Maxwell, on Miss Jessy Staigs Recovery


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