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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
“Great God, and wilt Thou condescend”
By Ann Taylor (Gilbert) (1782–1866)
GREAT God, and wilt Thou condescend
To be my Father and my Friend?
I, a poor child, and Thou so high,
The Lord of earth, and air, and sky?
Art Thou my Father? Canst Thou bear        5
To hear my poor imperfect prayer?
Or wilt Thou listen to the praise
That such a little one can raise?
Art Thou my Father? Let me be
A meek, obedient child to Thee;        10
And try, in word and deed and thought,
To serve and please Thee as I ought.
Art Thou my Father? I’ll depend
Upon the care of such a Friend;
And only wish to do and be        15
Whatever seemeth good to Thee.
Art Thou my Father? Then at last,
When all my days on earth are past
Send down and take me in Thy love
To be Thy better child above.        20

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