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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
By Ednah Dow Littlehale Cheney (1824–1904)
AT first I prayed for sight;
  Could I but see the way,
How gladly would I walk
  To everlasting day.
I asked the world’s deep law        5
  Before my eyes to ope,
And let me see my prayers fulfilled,
  And realized, my hope;
But God was kinder than my prayer,
  And mystery veiled me everywhere.        10
And next I prayed for strength
  That I might tread the road,
With firm unfaltering pace,
  To heaven’s serene abode.
That I might never know        15
  A faltering, failing heart;
But manfully go on
  And reach the highest part.
But God was kinder than my prayer,
  And weakness checked me everywhere.        20
And then I asked for faith;
  Could I but trust my God,
I ’d live in heavenly peace
  Though foes were all abroad.
His light thus shining round,        25
  No faltering should I know;
And faith in heaven above
  Would make a heaven below;
But God was kinder than my prayer,
  And doubts beset me everywhere.        30
And now I pray for love,
  Deep love to God and man;
A love that will not fail,
  However dark his plan;
That sees all life in Him,        35
  Rejoicing in his power;
And faithful, though the darkest clouds
  Of gloom and doubt may lower.
And God was kinder than my prayer,
  Love filled and blessed me everywhere.        40

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