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TO THE SUPREME BEING

FROM THE ITALIAN OF MICHAEL ANGELO

          THE prayers I make will then be sweet indeed
          If Thou the spirit give by which I pray:
          My unassisted heart is barren clay,
          That of its native self can nothing feed:
          Of good and pious works thou art the seed,
          That quickens only where thou say'st it may:
          Unless Thou show to us thine own true way
          No man can find it: Father! Thou must lead.
          Do Thou, then, breathe those thoughts into my mind
          By which such virtue may in me be bred                      10
          That in thy holy footsteps I may tread;
          The fetters of my tongue do Thou unbind,
          That I may have the power to sing of thee,
          And sound thy praises everlastingly.


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