Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, NOT TO BE MINISTERED TO, by MALTBIE DAVENPORT BABCOCK



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First Line: O lord, I pray / that for this day
Last Line: Not to be loved, but to love.
Variant Title(s): Today, O Lord
Subject(s): Prayer; Worship


O Lord, I pray
That for this day
I may not swerve
By foot or hand
From Thy command
Not to be served, but to serve.

This, too, I pray,
That from this day
No love of ease
Nor pride prevent
My good intent
Not to be pleased, but to please.

And if I may
I'd have this day
Strength from above
To set my heart
In heavenly art
Not to be loved, but to love.





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