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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
 
Edwin Markham. 1852–
 
7. A Prayer
 
TEACH me, Father, how to go 
Softly as the grasses grow; 
Hush my soul to meet the shock 
Of the wild world as a rock; 
But my spirit, propt with power,         5
Make as simple as a flower. 
Let the dry heart fill its cup, 
Like a poppy looking up; 
Let life lightly wear her crown 
Like a poppy looking down,  10
When its heart is filled with dew, 
And its life begins anew. 
  
Teach me, Father, how to be 
Kind and patient as a tree. 
Joyfully the crickets croon  15
Under the shady oak at noon; 
Beetle, on his mission bent, 
Tarries in that cooling tent. 
Let me, also, cheer a spot, 
Hidden field or garden grot—  20
Place where passing souls can rest 
On the way and be their best. 
 
 
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