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Teach Me to Love

Teach Me to Love

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Published by Joseph Atwater
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Published by: Joseph Atwater on Mar 28, 2010
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Teach Me to Love
There was a time when, in my daily prayersI asked for all things I deemed most fairAnd necessary to my life. ‘Success’Riches of course, and ease and happiness.A host of friends, a home without alloy.A primrose path of happiness and joy.Ambition ruled my way. I longed to doGreat things, that all my little world might view.And whisper “Wonderful.Ah, patient God,How blind we are! Until thy shepherds rodOf tender chastening leads us onTo better things. TodayI have but one petition, Lord;Teach me to Love, indeedIt is my greatest and my only need.Teach me to Love, not those who first love meBut all the world; with that rare purityOf broad outstretching thought, that bears no traceOf earthly taint, but holds in its embraceHumanity and seems to seeOnly the good in all, reflected, Lord, from theeAnd teach me father, how to love the mostThose who most stand in need of love. All that hostOf people who are poor and sick and bad,Whose tired faces show their lives are sadAnd toil along the road with footsteps slowAnd hearts more heavy than the world can knowPeople whom others passdiscretely byAnd fail to hear the pleadingsof their cry

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