Poetry of Kansas

A Birthday Prayer

If I were to offer a prayer today,
    And I knew that the powers that be
Would grant all the blessings for which I should
    Most freely unto me,
I would pray that I might in true wisdom and
    Increase as the days go past,
And be able to do some good deed every hour
    That I could not have done in the last.
If the fibre still holds in my life's slender cord
    Thru another short year, may I say
I have cherished the good and all evil abhorred,
    When I read this a year from today.

__Colfax Burgoyne Harman


Poems Of Sentiment
Colfax Burgoyne Harman
(Valley Falls, Kansas: Harman Publishing. 1905)
Page 34

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