A Father's Prayer Poem by Edgar Albert Guest

A Father's Prayer

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Lord, make me tolerant and wise;
Incline my ears to hear him through;
Let him not stand with downcast eyes,
Fearing to trust me and be true.
Instruct me so that I may know
The way my son and I should go.

When he shall err, as once did I,
Or boyhood folly bids him stray,
Let me not into anger fly
And drive the good in him away.
Teach me to win his trust, that he
Shall keep no secret hid from me.

Lord, strengthen me that I may be .
A fit example for my son.
Grant he may never hear or see
A shameful deed that I have done.
However sorely I am tried,
Let me not undermine his pride.

In spite of years and temples gray,
Still let my spirit beat with joy;
Teach me to share in all his play
And be a comrade with my boy.
Wherever we may chance to be,
Let him find happiness with me.

Lord, as his father, now I pray
For manhood's strength and counsel wise;
Let me deal justly, day by day,
In all that fatherhood implies.
To be his father, keep me fit;
Let me not play the hypocrite!

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Ruta Mohapatra 14 December 2017

A really nice poem. Thank you for sharing.

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Deepak Kumar Pattanayak 14 December 2017

He yearned as only a father can yearn for the warm caresses of his children, in truth he wished to avoid the pain of parting by employing anything unpleasant that might hurt his son.........such a great poem with such a great thought.......thanks for sharing

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Bernard F. Asuncion 14 December 2017

Such an inspiring write by Edgar Albert Guest??????

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Victoria Udnæs 14 December 2017

This is such a wonderful poem How I recognize the thoughts and feelings

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Parishay Fatima 14 December 2017

Amm.. Nice one and please don't forget to read my first poem named ''First Love'' on this website! thanks

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Mary Redden 02 November 2019

Beautiful poem. Just what every son deserves from his father

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Adeeb Alfateh 22 July 2019

Lord, strengthen me that I may be. A fit example for my son. Grant he may never hear or see A shameful deed that I have done. However sorely I am tried, Let me not undermine his pride. beautiful writing 10+++++++++++++++++++++

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Magadha Rani 01 September 2018

Lord, as his father, now I pray For manhood's strength and counsel wise; Let me deal justly, day by day, In all that fatherhood implies..........excellent words! Very well composed!

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Mary Skarpathiotaki 14 December 2017

This is such a wonderful poem an inspiring write really Thanks LORD

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Marieta Maglas 14 December 2017

In A Heap o’ Livin’, the poet wrote, “It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home.” In this poem, he analyzes the relationship between father and son, making an indirect parallel between this human relationship and the divine relationship between the Father and Jesus while asking help from the Holy Father. ''Instruct me so that I may know...''- 10.

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