A Prayer

Commissioned by Furman University for the inauguration of President David Emory Shi 
from ... A Prayer

Grant us the will to fashion as we feel,
Grant us the strength to labor as we know,
Grant us the purpose, ribb'd and edg'd with steel,
To strike the blow.

Knowledge we ask not, --knowledge Thou hast lent,
But, Lord , the will, --there lies our bitter need,
Give us to build above the deep intent
The deed, the deed.

John Drinkwater

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