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THE BLESSED TASK, by            
First Line: I said, 'sweet master, hear me pray
Last Line: Than this my blessed, blessed task.
Subject(s): Jesus Christ

I said, "Sweet Master, hear me pray;
For love of Thee the boon I ask;
Give me to do for Thee each day
Some simple, lowly, blessed task."
And listening long, with hope elate,
I only heard Him whisper, "Wait."

The days went by, but nothing brought
Beyond the wonted round of care,
And I was vexed with anxious thought,
And found the waiting hard to bear;
But when I said, "In vain I pray!"
I heard Him answer gently, "Nay."

So praying still and waiting on,
And pondering what the waiting meant,
This knowledge sweet at last I won--
And oh, the depth of my content!
My blessed task for every day
Is humbly, gladly to obey.

And though I daily, hourly fail
To bring my task to Him complete,
And must with constant tears bewail
My failures at my Master's feet,
No other service would I ask
Than this my blessed, blessed task.

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