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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
Poems of Home: I. About Children
The Unfinished Prayer
“NOW I lay,”—repeat it, darling.
  “Lay me,” lisped the tiny lips
Of my daughter, kneeling, bending
  O’er her folded finger-tips.
“Down to sleep”—“To sleep,” she murmured,        5
  And the curly head bent low;
“I pray the Lord,” I gently added;
  “You can say it all, I know.”
“Pray the Lord”—the sound came faintly,
  Fainter still—“My soul to keep;”        10
Then the tired head fairly nodded,
  And the child was fast asleep.
But the dewy eyes half opened
  When I clasped her to my breast,
And the dear voice softly whispered,        15
  “Mamma, God knows all the rest.”
Oh, the trusting, sweet confiding
  Of the child heart! Would that I
Thus might trust my Heavenly Father,
  He who hears my feeblest cry.        20

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