A PRAYER UNDER THE PRESSURE OF VIOLENT ANGUISH


O Thou Great Being !  what Thou art,
   Surpasses me to know ;
Yet sure I am, that known to Thee
   Are all Thy works below.

Thy creature here before Thee stands,
   All wretched and distrest ;
Yet sure those ills that wring my soul
   Obey Thy high behest.

Sure Thou, Almighty, canst not act
   From cruelty or wrath !
O, free my weary eyes from tears,
   Or close them fast in death !

But, if I must afflicted be,
   To suit some wise design ;
Then man my soul with firm resolves,
   To bear and not repine !

Robert Burns



Taken from "The Poetical works of Robert Burns" (London & Glasgow Collins' Clear-Type Press)
with the inscription "This Volume is Dedicated by kind permission to the
Greenock Burns Club (instituted 1802) The oldest Burns club in existence."


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