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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
“When daily I kneel down to pray”
By Jane Taylor (1783–1824)
WHEN daily I kneel down to pray,
  As I am taught to do,
God does not care for what I say
  Unless I feel it too.
Yet foolish thoughts my heart beguile;        5
  And when I pray or sing,
I’m often thinking all the while
  About some other thing.
Some idle play, or childish toy,
  Can send my thoughts abroad;        10
Though this should be my greatest joy—
  To love and seek the Lord.
Oh! let me never, never dare
  To act the trifler’s part;
Or think that God will hear a prayer        15
  That comes not from my heart.
But if I make His ways my choice,
  As holy children do,
Then, while I seek Him with my voice,
  My heart will love Him too.        20

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