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Answered Prayers

Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1855 (Janesville) – 1919

I prayed for riches, and achieved success;
 All that I touched turned into gold. Alas!
My cares were greater and my peace was less,
 When that wish came to pass.

I prayed for glory, and I heard my name
 Sung by sweet children and by hoary men.
But ah! the hurts – the hurts that come with fame.
 I was not happy then.

I prayed for Love, and had my heart’s desire.
 Through quivering heart and body, and through brain,
There swept the flame of its devouring fire,
 And but the scars remain.

I prayed for a contented mind. At length
 Great light upon my darkened spirit burst.
Great peace fell on me also, and great strength –
 Oh, had that prayer been first!

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