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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
A Prayer
By George Melville Upton (b. 1861)
 
[Born in Sutter Creek, Amador Co., Cal., 1861.]

A LITTLE time for laughter,
  A little space for song—
And tears that hurry after,—
  Ere we too go along.
 
Like ripples on the river,        5
  As light on wind-swept grain,
So passes our endeavor:
  We go, nor come again.
 
Then make me, O Eternal,
  Still, as thy forces are:        10
We thrive as grasses vernal,
  We fade as fades the star.

  The Overland Monthly. 1887.
 
 
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