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    http://www.panhala.net/Archive/A_Prayer_Ehrmann.html   A Prayer   Let me do my work each day; and if the darkened hours of despair overcome me, may I not
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      A Prayer
      Let me do my work each day;
      and if the darkened hours
      of despair overcome me, may I
      not forget the strength
      that comforted me in the
      desolation of other times. 
      May I still remember the bright
      hours that found me walking
      over the silent hills of my
      childhood, or dreaming on the
      margin of a quiet river,
      when a light glowed within me,
      and I promised my early God
      to have courage amid the
      tempests of the changing years.
      Spare me from bitterness
      and from the sharp passions of
      unguarded moments. May
      I not forget that poverty and
      riches are of the spirit.
      Though the world knows me not,
      may my thoughts and actions
      be such as shall keep me friendly
      with myself. 
      Lift up my eyes
      from the earth, and let me not
      forget the uses of the stars.
      Forbid that I should judge others
      lest I condemn myself.
      Let me not follow the clamor of
      the world, but walk calmly
      in my path. 
      Give me a few friends
      who will love me for what
       I am; and keep ever burning
      before my vagrant steps
      the kindly light of hope. 
      And though age and infirmity
      overtake me, and I come not within
      sight of the castle of my dreams,
      teach me still to be thankful
      for life, and for time's olden
      memories that are good and
      sweet; and may the evening's
      twilight find me gentle still.
      ~ Max Ehrmann ~
      (The Desiderata of Happiness)

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