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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
A Prayer
By Edward Rowland Sill (1841–1887)
O GOD, our Father, if we had but truth!
  Lost truth—which thou perchance
Didst let man lose, lest all his wayward youth
  He waste in song and dance;
That he might gain, in searching, mightier powers,        5
For manlier use in those foreshadowed hours.
If blindly groping, he shall oft mistake,
  And follow twinkling motes
Thinking them stars, and the one voice forsake
  Of Wisdom for the notes        10
Which mocking Beauty utters here and there,
Thou surely wilt forgive him, and forbear!
Oh love us, for we love thee, Maker—God!
  And would creep near thy hand,
And call thee “Father, Father,” from the sod        15
  Where by our graves we stand,
And pray to touch, fearless of scorn or blame,
The garment’s hem, which Truth and Good we name.

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