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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Poems.
II. A Worker’s Prayer
By Frances Ridley Havergal (1836–1879)
 
LORD, speak to me, that I may speak
  In living echoes of Thy tone;
As Thou hast sought, so let me seek
  Thy erring children, lost and lone.
 
O lead me, Lord, that I may lead        5
  The wandering and the wavering feet;
O feed me, Lord, that I may feed
  Thy hungering ones with manna sweet.
 
O strengthen me, that while I stand
  Firm on the Rock and strong in Thee,        10
I may stretch out a loving hand
  To wrestlers with the troubled sea.
 
O teach me, Lord, that I may teach
  The precious things Thou dost impart;
And wing my words, that they may reach        15
  The hidden depths of many a heart.
 
O give Thine own sweet rest to me,
  That I may speak with soothing power
A word in season, as from Thee,
  To weary ones in needful hour.        20
 
O fill me with Thy fulness, Lord,
  Until my very heart o’erflow
In kindling thought and glowing word,
  Thy love to tell, Thy praise to show.
 
O use me, Lord, use even me,        25
  Just as Thou wilt, and when, and where;
Until Thy blessèd Face I see,
  Thy rest, Thy joy, Thy glory share.
 
 
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