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CCCXXXVII

PER PACEM AD LUCEM

A. A. Procter

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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