Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE PRAYER PERFECT, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY



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THE PRAYER PERFECT, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Dear lord! Kind lord!
Last Line: That is mine to-day!
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Variant Title(s): Love's Prayer
Subject(s): God; Prayer


DEAR Lord! kind Lord!
Gracious Lord! I pray
Thou wilt look on all I love,
Tenderly to-day!
Weed their hearts of weariness;
Scatter every care,
Down a wake of angel wings
Winnowing the air.

Bring unto the sorrowing
All release from pain;
Let the lips of laughter
Overflow again;
And with all the needy
O divide, I pray,
This vast treasure of content
That is mine to-day!





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