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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Margaret Deland (1857–1945)

Wishes and Prayers

OUR wishes and our prayers are not

Always the same;

Alas! we often wish for what

We dare not name.

We strive to pray with bitter tears

For what we should,

But sadder than all else appears

The prayed-for good.

Lord! pardon me if I deplore

My granted prayer:

Lord, what thou taught’st me to pray for,

Teach me to bear.