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SONNET: FOR INSPIRATION, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The prayers I make will then be sweet indeed
Last Line: And sound thy praises everlastingly.
Alternate Author Name(s): Michel Angelo
Variant Title(s): Psalm 51;to The Supreme Being;a Supplication
Subject(s): Creative Ability; Prayer; Inspiration; Creativity

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
That in thy holy footsteps I may tread;
The fatters 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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