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First Line: God, give me love! I do not only pray
Last Line: A lamp that may illumine all the earth.
Subject(s): Love; Prayer


God, give me love! I do not only pray
That perfect love may be bestowed on me;
But let me feel the lovability
Of every soul I meet along the way.
Though it be hidden from the light of day
And every eye but Love's, Oh! I would see
My brother in the monarch and the bee—
In every spirit clothed in mortal clay!

Give me the gift of loving! I will claim
No other blessing from the Lord of Birth,
For he who loves needs no high-sounding name,
Nor power nor treasure to proclaim his worth;
His soul has lit at Life's immortal flame
A lamp that may illumine all the earth.





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