A Soldier's Prayer
(written by an anonymous confederate soldier, US civil
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve,
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly
I asked for health, that I might do greater
I was given infirmity, that I might do better
I asked for riches, that I might be happy,
I was given poverty, that I might be wise....
I asked for power, that I might have the
praise of men,
I was given weakness, that I might feel the
need of God....
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy
I was given life, that I might enjoy all
I got nothing that I asked for -
but everything that I had hoped for,
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers
I am among all men most richly blessed.
(photo, U.S. Library of Congress)
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