From the Book of Myths

by Bliss Carman


 

THE PRAYER IN THE ROSE GARDEN


 

Lord of this rose garden,
At the end of May,
Where thy guests are bidden
To tarry for a day,

Through the sweet white falling

5

Of the tender rain,
With thy roses theeward
Lift this dust again.

Make the heart within me
That crumbles to obey,

10

Perceive and know thy secret
Desire from day to day;

Even as thy roses,
Knowing where they stand
Before the wind, thy presence,

15

Tremble at thy hand.

Make me, Lord, for beauty,
Only this I pray,
Like my brother roses,
Growing day by day,

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Body, mind and spirit,
As thy voice may urge
From the wondrous twilight
At the garden's verge,

Till I be as they be,

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Fair, then blown away,
With a name like attar,
Remembered for a day.