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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IV. The Higher Life.  1904.
 
I. The Divine Element—(God, Christ, the Holy Spirit)
The Universal Prayer
Alexander Pope (1688–1744)
 
FATHER of all! in every age,
  In every clime adored,
By saint, by savage, and by sage,
  Jehovah, Jove, or Lord!
 
Thou great First Cause, least understood,        5
  Who all my sense confined
To know but this, that thou art good,
  And that myself am blind;
 
Yet gave me, in this dark estate,
  To see the good from ill;        10
And, binding nature fast in fate,
  Left free the human will:
 
What conscience dictates to be done,
  Or warns me not to do,
This, teach me more than hell to shun,        15
  That, more than heaven pursue.
 
What blessings thy free bounty gives
  Let me not cast away;
For God is paid when man receives,
  To enjoy is to obey.        20
 
Yet not to earth’s contracted span
  Thy goodness let me bound,
Or think thee Lord alone of man,
  When thousand worlds are round:
 
Let not this weak, unknowing hand        25
  Presume thy bolts to throw,
And deal damnation round the land
  On each I judge thy foe.
 
If I am right thy grace impart
  Still in the right to stay;        30
If I am wrong, O, teach my heart
  To find that better way!
 
Save me alike from foolish pride
  And impious discontent
At aught thy wisdom has denied,        35
  Or aught thy goodness lent.
 
Teach me to feel another’s woe,
  To hide the fault I see;
That mercy I to others show,
  That mercy show to me.        40
 
Mean though I am, not wholly so,
  Since quickened by thy breath;
O, lead me wheresoe’er I go,
  Through this day’s life or death!
 
This day be bread and peace my lot;        45
  All else beneath the sun,
Thou knowest if best bestowed or not,
  And let thy will be done.
 
To thee, whose temple is all space,
  Whose altar, earth, sea, skies,        50
One chorus let all Being raise,
  All Nature incense rise!
 
 
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