Father, hear the prayer we offer

Father, hear the prayer we offer. Love Maria Willis (1824-1908). First published in Tiffany’s Monthly Magazine (1859), a magazine ‘devoted to the investigation of spiritual science’, of which the author was at one time the editor. It was entitled ‘Aspiration’ and began ‘Father, hear the prayer I offer’. It was revised for publication, probably by Samuel Longfellow*, in his and Samuel Johnson*’s Hymns of the Spirit (Boston, 1864), where it was entitled ‘A Prayer of Life’. The text was as follows: Father, hear the prayer we offer! Not for ease that prayer shall be, But for strength that we may ever Live our lives courageously. Not forever in green pastures Do we ask our...

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