Robert William Service

(16 January 1874 - 11 September 1958 / Preston)

Lord Let Me Live


Lord, let me live, that more and more
Your wonder world I may adore;
With every dawn to grow and grow
Alive to graciousness aglow;
And every eve in beauty see
Reason for rhapsody.

Lord, let me bide, that I may prove
The buoyant brightness of my love
For sapphire sea and lyric sky
And buttercup and butterfly;
And glory in the golden thought
Of rapture You have wrought.

Lord, let me linger, just for this,--
To win to utterness of bliss;
To see in every dawn design
Proof of Your Providence divine;
With night to find ablaze above,
Assurance of Your love.

Lord, for Your praise my days prolong,
That I may sing in sunny sort,
And prove with my exultant song
The longest life is all to short:
Aye, even in a bead of dew
To shrine in beauty--YOU.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Rookie Cleapatra Born2Write (6/18/2010 2:46:00 AM)

    'Lord, let me linger just for this, -o win to utterness of bliss; '
    This is great. A beautiful poem about a man in awe of God, his creator. The use of his words make the poem rise and fall from the sheet. (Report) Reply

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