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PRAYER
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Father! no prophet's laws I seek,--
  Thy laws in Nature's works appear;--
    I own myself corrupt and weak,
      Yet will I pray, for thou wilt hear.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Prayer of Nature

More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.
      - Truman Capote,
        epigraph from his unfinished last novel, Answered Prayers

A Christian will find his parenthesis for prayer, even through his busiest hours.
      - Richard Cecil

Let our prayers, like the ancient sacrifices, ascend morning and evening; let our days begin and end with God.
      - William Ellery Channing

The best answer to all objections urged against prayer is the fact that man cannot help praying; for we may be sure that that which is so spontaneous and ineradicable in human nature has its fitting objects and methods in the arrangements of a boundless Providence.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

We little know the things for which we pray.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer

Consider how august a privilege it is, when angels are present, and archangels throng around, when cherubim and seraphim encircle with their blaze the throne, that a mortal may approach with unrestrained confidence, and converse with heaven's dread Sovereign! O, what honor was ever conferred like this?
      - St. John Chrysostom

It is so natural for a man to pray that no theory can prevent him from doing it.
      - James Freeman Clarke

Pray thou for me. The common air
  Will stronger, purer seem to be,
    And all the world will grow more fair,
      Pray thou for me.
      - Mary Clemmer (Mary Clemmer Ames)

Be not afraid to pray--to pray is right.
  Pray, if thou canst, with hope; but ever pray,
    Though hope be weak or sick with long delay;
      Pray in the darkness, if there be no light.
      - Hartley Coleridge

Pray to be perfect, though material leaven
  Forbid the spirit so on earth to be;
    But if for any wish thou darest not pray,
      Then pray to God to cast that wish away.
      - Hartley Coleridge,
        Poems (Posthumous) Prayer

God grant me grace my prayers to say:
  O God! preserve my mother dear,
    In strength and health for many a year;
      And O! preserve my father too,
        And may I pay him reverence due;
          And may I my best thoughts employ
            To be my parents' hope and joy;
              And O! preserve my brothers both
                From evil doings, and from sloth,
                  And may we always love each other,
                    Our friends, our father, and our mother,
                      And still, O Lord, to me impart
                        An innocent and grateful heart,
                          That after my last sleep I may
                            Awake to thy eternal day! Amen.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
        Child's Evening Prayer

The saints will aid if men will call:
  For the blue sky bends over all.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Christabel
         (conclusion to pt. I)

He prayeth best who loveth best
  All things, both great and small.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
        The Ancient Mariner (pt. VII)

He prayeth well who loveth well
  Both man and bird and beast.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
        The Ancient Mariner (pt. VII)

We should pray with as much earnestness as those who expect everything from God; we should act with as much energy as those who expect everything from themselves.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

His pure thoughts were borne
  Like fumes of sacred incense o'er the clouds,
    And wafted thence on angels' wings, through ways
      Of light, to the bright source of all.
      - William Congreve

In desert wilds, in midnight gloom;
  In grateful joy, in trying pain;
    In laughing youth, or nigh the tomb;
      Oh! when is prayer unheard or vain?
      - Eliza Cook

But maybe prayer is a road to rise,
  A mountain path leading toward the skies
    To assist the spirit who truly tries.
      But it isn't a shibboleth, creed, nor code,
        It isn't a pack-horse to carry your load,
          It isn't a wagon, it's only a road.
            And perhaps the reward of the spirit who tries
              Is not the goal, but the exercise!
      - Edmund Vance Cooke,
        Prayer--The Uncommon Commoner

How happy it is to believe, with a steadfast assurance, that our petitions are heard even while we are making them; and how delightful to meet with a proof of it in the effectual and actual grant of them.
      - William Cowper

The few that pray at all pray oft amiss.
      - William Cowper

And Satan trembles when he sees
  The weakest saint upon his knees.
      - William Cowper,
        Hymns--Exhortation to Prayer

If He prayed who was without sin, how much more it becometh a sinner to pray!
      - Saint Cyprian (Thascius Caecilius Cyprianus)

When we pray to God with entire assurance, it is Himself who has given us the spirit of prayer.
      - Saint Cyprian (Thascius Caecilius Cyprianus)

I ask not a life for the dear ones,
  All radiant, as others have done,
    But that life may have just enough shadow
      To temper the glare of the sun;
        I would pray God to guard them from evil,
          But my prayer would bound back to myself:
            Ah! a seraph may pray for a sinner,
              But a sinner must pray for himself.
      - Charles Monroe Dickinson, The Children


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