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A PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE SOUL OF AN ECCENTRIC MAN, by            
First Line: Lord of the understanding heart
Last Line: As death's now opening gates.
Subject(s): Holidays; Prayer; Religion; Thanksgiving; Turkey; Theology


Lord of the understanding heart,
Who gave him ways that made him queer
To all his kind, save me, who lived quite near;
Who for some hidden reason set apart
This man for whom I pray,
Draw near today,
As he lies lingering by Styx' lone bank;
Draw near and let my glad tears thank
You for the soul of an eccentric man
Who opened gates for me; who, stronger than
Myself, drew me, despite myself, to his own plane—
A plane too high for hurts from those to whom
He seemed so queer, plane so wide,
Lord, these are thankful tears that I have stood beside
This man who led my soul from room to room
Of wonder-living in Love's realm, who made
My woman's fearful soul so unafraid
That, see! I smile through tears, Lord, even as he waits
As death's now opening gates.





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