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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IV. The Higher Life.  1904.
 
II. Prayer and Aspiration
The Higher Good
Theodore Parker (1810–1860)
 
FATHER, I will not ask for wealth or fame,
  Though once they would have joyed my carnal sense:
I shudder not to bear a hated name,
  Wanting all wealth, myself my sole defence.
But give me, Lord, eyes to behold the truth;        5
  A seeing sense that knows the eternal right;
A heart with pity filled, and gentlest ruth;
  A manly faith that makes all darkness light:
Give me the power to labor for mankind;
  Make me the mouth of such as cannot speak;        10
Eyes let me be to groping men, and blind;
  A conscience to the base; and to the weak
Let me be hands and feet; and to the foolish, mind;
And lead still further on such as thy kingdom seek.
 
 
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