Page:New poems and variant readings, Stevenson, 1918.djvu/21

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PRAYER

I ask good things that I detest,
With speeches fair;
Heed not, I pray Thee, Lord, my breast,
But hear my prayer.


I say ill things I would not say—
Things unaware:
Regard my breast, Lord, in Thy day,
And not my prayer.


My heart is evil in Thy sight:
My good thoughts flee:
O Lord, I cannot wish aright—
Wish Thou for me.


O bend my words and acts to Thee,
However ill,
That I, whate'er I say or be,
May serve Thee still.