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First Line: I clamored for a star
Last Line: Lord, let me grow! I prayed.
Subject(s): Dreams; Stars; Nightmares

I clamored for a star
That shone above the rest
More beautiful than all:
The brightest, loveliest.

I was not tall enough
I knew, to reach so high,
Still, futilely I flung
My arms up to the sky.

I wanted it so much!
Yet what was I to do?
It would not stoop to me
Nor could I climb, it's true.

And though I pondered long,
I found no plan, no scheme
To bridge the space that lay
Between me and my dream.

Despairingly I vowed
I'd have none else and laid
My head upon my hands:—
Lord, let me grow! I prayed.

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