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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
A Prayer
By Grant Allen (1848–1899)
A CROWNED caprice is god of this world;
On his stony breast are his white wings furled.
No ear to listen, no eye to see,
No heart to feel for a man hath he.
But his pitiless arm is swift to smite;        5
And his mute lips utter one word of might,
’Mid the clash of gentler souls and rougher,
‘Wrong must thou do, or wrong must suffer.’
Then grant, O dumb, blind god, at least that we
Rather the sufferers than the doers be.        10

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