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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
A Prayer
By Alice Lucas
 
Imitation of the Persian

LORD! who art merciful as well as just,
Incline Thine ear to me, a child of dust,
  Not what I would, O Lord! I offer Thee,
Alas! but what I can,
Father Almighty, who hast made me man        5
And bade me look to heaven, for Thou art there,
Accept my sacrifice and humble prayer.
  Four things which are not in Thy treasury,
I lay before Thee, Lord! with this petition;—
  My nothingness, my wants,        10
My sins and my contrition.
 
 
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