Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ONE SHORT HOUR, by RICHARD CHENEVIX TRENCH



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First Line: Lord, what a change within us one short hour
Last Line: And joy and strength and courage are with thee?
Variant Title(s): Prayer;an Hour With Thee;the Power Of Prayer;in Thy Presence
Subject(s): Prayer; Religion; Theology


Lord, what a change within us one short hour
Spent in Thy presence will avail to make!
What heavy burdens from our bosoms take!
What parched grounds refresh as with a shower!
We kneel, and all around us seems to lower;
We rise, and all, the distant and the near,
Stands forth in sunny outline, brave and clear;
We kneel, how weak; we rise, how full of power!
Why, therefore, should we do ourselves this wrong,
Or others--that we are not always strong--

That we are sometimes overborne with care--
That we should ever weak or heartless be,
Anxious or troubled--when with us is prayer,
And joy and strength and courage are with Thee?





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