Courage and patience, these I ask,
Dear Lord, in this my latest strait;
For hard I find my ten years’ task,
Learning to suffer and to wait.
Life seems so rich and grand a thing,
So full of work for heart and brain,
It is a cross that I can bring
No help, no offering, but pain.
The hard-earned harvest of these years
I long to generously share;
The lessons learned with bitter tears
To teach again with tender care;
To smooth the rough and thorny way
Where other feet begin to tread;
To feed some hungry soul each day
With sympathy’s sustaining bread.
So beautiful such pleasures show,
I long to make them mine;
To love and labor and to know
The joy such living makes divine.
But if I may not, I will only ask
Courage and patience for my fate,
And learn, dear Lord, thy latest task,–
To suffer patiently and wait.