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Prayer by Hartley Coleridge (1796 – 1849)

Be not afraid to pray — to pray is right. Pray, if thou canst, with hope; but ever pray, Though hope be weak, or sick with long delay; Pray in the darkness, if there be no light. Far is the time, remote from human sight, When war and discord on the earth shall cease; Yet every prayer for universal peace Avails the blessed time to expedite. Whate'er is good to wish, ask that of Heaven, Though it be what thou canst not hope to see: Pray to be perfect, though material leaven Forbid the Spirit so on earth to be; But if for any wish thou dar'st not pray, Then pray to God to cast that wish away.

Rydal, Cumbria. The home of Hartley Coleridge.


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