Verse > Harvard Classics > Robert Burns > Poems and Songs
  PREVIOUS NEXT  
CONTENTS · BOOK CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD · GLOSSARY
Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
19. A Prayer in the Prospect of Death
 
 
O THOU unknown, Almighty Cause
  Of all my hope and fear!
In whose dread presence, ere an hour,
  Perhaps I must appear!
 
If I have wander’d in those paths        5
  Of life I ought to shun,
As something, loudly, in my breast,
  Remonstrates I have done;
 
Thou know’st that Thou hast formed me
  With passions wild and strong;        10
And list’ning to their witching voice
  Has often led me wrong.
 
Where human weakness has come short,
  Or frailty stept aside,
Do Thou, All-Good-for such Thou art—        15
  In shades of darkness hide.
 
Where with intention I have err’d,
  No other plea I have,
But, Thou art good; and Goodness still
  Delighteth to forgive.        20
 

CONTENTS · BOOK CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD · GLOSSARY
  PREVIOUS NEXT  
 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors