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      I prayed for strength, and then I lost awhile
      All sense of nearness, human and divine;
      The love I leaned on failed and pierced my heart,
      The hands I clung to loosed themselves from mine;
      But while I swayed, weak, trembling, and alone,
      The everlasting arms upheld my own.
      
      I prayed for light; the sun went down in clouds,
      The moon was darkened by a misty doubt,
      The stars of heaven were dimmed by earthly fears,
      And all my little candle flames burned out;
      But while I sat in shadow, wrapped in night,
      The face of Christ made all the darkness bright.
      
      I prayed for peace, and dreamed of restful ease,
      A slumber drugged from pain, a hushed repose;
      Above my head the skies were black with storm,
      And fiercer grew the onslaught of my foes;
      But while the battle raged, and wild winds blew,
      I heard His voice and Perfect peace I knew.
      
      I thank Thee, Lord, Thou wert too wise to heed
      My feeble prayers, and answer as I sought,
      Since these rich gifts Thy bounty has bestowed
      Have brought me more than all I asked or thought;
      Giver of good, so answer each request
      With Thine own giving, better than my best.

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