A Poem by an Anonymous Civil War Soldier

Jan 01

I ask God for strenght that I might achieve; I was made weak that I might learn humbly to Obey.

I asked for help that I might do great things;  I was give infirmity that I might do better things.

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 ask for all things that I might enjoy life; I was given life that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing I asked for but everything I hoped for.

Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered.

I among all men am most richly blessed.

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