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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
545. A Last Prayer
 
By Helen Fiske Jackson (“H. H.”)
 
 
FATHER, I scarcely dare to pray,
  So clear I see, now it is done,
That I have wasted half my day,
  And left my work but just begun;
 
So clear I see that things I thought        5
  Were right or harmless were a sin;
So clear I see that I have sought,
  Unconscious, selfish aims to win;
 
So clear I see that I have hurt
  The souls I might have helped to save;        10
That I have slothful been, inert,
  Deaf to the calls thy leaders gave.
 
In outskirts of thy kingdoms vast,
  Father, the humblest spot give me;
Set me the lowliest task thou hast;        15
  Let me repentant work for thee!
 

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