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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
A Birth-day Prayer
By Francis Ellingwood Abbot (1836–1903)
    ART Thou the Life?
To Thee, then, do I owe each beat and breath,
And wait Thy ordering of the hour of death,
    In peace or strife.
    Art Thou the Light?        5
To Thee, then, in the sunshine or the cloud,
Or in my chamber lone or in the crowd,
    I lift my sight.
    Art Thou the Truth?
To Thee, then, loved and craved and sought of yore,        10
I consecrate my manhood o’er and o’er,
    As once my youth.
    Art Thou the Strong?
To Thee, then, though the air is thick with night,
I trust the seeming unprotected Right,        15
    And leave the Wrong.
    Art Thou the Wise?
To Thee, then, do I bring each useless-care,
And bid my soul unsay her idle prayer,
    And hush her cries.        20
    Art Thou the Good?
To Thee, then, with a thirsting heart I turn,
And stand, and at Thy fountain hold my urn,
    As aye I stood.
    Forgive the call!        25
I cannot shut Thee from my sense or soul,
I cannot lose me in thy boundless whole,—
    For Thou art All!

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