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Henry David Thoreau - Prayer

Great God, I ask for no meaner pelf 
Than that I may not disappoint myself, 
That in my action I may soar as high 
As I can now discern with this clear eye. 
And next in value, which thy kindness lends, 
That I may greatly disappoint my friends, 
Howe'er they think or hope that it may be, 
They may not dream how thou'st distinguished me. 

That my weak hand may equal my firm faith 
And my life practice what my tongue saith 
That my low conduct may not show 
Nor my relenting lines 
That I thy purpose did not know 
Or overrated thy designs.

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Poet: Henry David Thoreau
Poem: Prayer

Comment 3 of 3, added on April 13th, 2011 at 1:38 AM.
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I dont think it is showing his love for god it is more showing how no matter what God thinks or his friends he is going to do what he want.

BØb from United States
Comment 2 of 3, added on April 27th, 2009 at 3:48 PM.

Although Thoreau was a spiritually enlightened individual, the poem expresses his need to fulfill his words though his actions. Also, to be happy with himself as well as please others. Lastly, he expresses that he is not ignorant to God's plan, but he is also not overratting his.... well, designs.

Andrew from United States
Comment 1 of 3, added on January 19th, 2006 at 4:25 PM.

I think that this poem is telling how the poet loves god. it left me with a warm heart because i too love god. God is love. love is god. meow.

Brittany from United States

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