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385. I do not ask, O Lord, that life may be

10.4.10.4

Reigate:

Walter Henry Hall, 1918

Burford:

Henry Purcell;

Wilkin's Psalmody, 1699

Adelaide A. Procter, 1862

I do not ask, O Lord, that life may be

A pleasant road;

I do not ask that thou wouldst take from me

Aught of its load.

I do not ask that flowers should always spring

Beneath my feet;

I know too well the poison and the sting

Of things too sweet.

For one thing only, Lord, dear Lord, I plead:

Lead me aright

Though strength should falter and though heart should bleed,

Through peace to light.

I do not ask, O Lord, that thou shouldst shed

Full radiance here

Give but a ray of peace, that I may tread

Without a fear.

I do not ask my cross to understand,

My way to see;

Better in darkness just to feel thy hand,

And follow thee.

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Joy is like restless day; but peace divine

Like quiet night.

Lead me, O Lord, till perfect day shall shine,

Through peace to light.

Amen.

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