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Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

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.

O let my thoughts abide in Thee
Lest I should fall:
Show me Thyself in all I see,
Thou Lord of all.

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Chicago: Robert Louis Stevenson, "Prayer," New Poems, ed. Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in New Poems (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed April 22, 2021, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=7EIQD3JDRWGQ4JX.

MLA: Stevenson, Robert Louis. "Prayer." New Poems, edited by Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in New Poems, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 22 Apr. 2021. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=7EIQD3JDRWGQ4JX.

Harvard: Stevenson, RL, 'Prayer' in New Poems, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, New Poems, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 22 April 2021, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=7EIQD3JDRWGQ4JX.