A Little Prayer Poem by Robert William Service

A Little Prayer

Rating: 2.7


Let us be thankful, Lord, for little things -
The song of birds, the rapture of the rose;
Cloud-dappled skies, the laugh of limpid springs,
Drowned sunbeams and the perfume April blows;
Bronze wheat a-shimmer, purple shade of trees -
Let us be thankful, Lord of Life, for these!

Let us be praiseful, Sire, for simple sights; -
The blue smoke curling from a fire of peat;
Keen stars a-frolicking on frosty nights,
Prismatic pigeons strutting in a street;
Daisies dew-diamonded in smiling sward -
For simple sights let us be praiseful, Lord!

Let us be grateful, God, for health serene,
The hope to do a kindly deed each day;
The faith of fellowship, a conscience clean,
The will to worship and the gift to pray;
For all of worth in us, of You a part,
Let us be grateful, God, with humble heart.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Saikat Chakrabarti 15 October 2008

The poem transports us to another land -one which is lost from the face of the earth forever much like the poet's own Dawson county to which he did not return for fear that it might have changed. As I write, the global economy is facing a meltdown & it becomes increasingly difficult to find things to be thankful for.

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* Sunprincess * 14 March 2014

Let us be grateful, God, for health serene, The hope to do a kindly deed each day; The faith of fellowship, a conscience clean, The will to worship and the gift to pray; For all of worth in us, of You a part, Let us be grateful, God, with humble heart.

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Gill Hipkin 30 December 2015

this is a beautiful poem. made in heaven

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Renu Kakkar 01 November 2016

Lovely poem. We tend to forget God when we achieve little things that we ardently pray for. This poem conveys gratitude for many things ordinary things as well as what nature gives which we take for granted.

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Vinod Jadhav 24 October 2014

Thank you God

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Dr Dillip K Swain 18 February 2022

Typo: to perceive

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Dr Dillip K Swain 18 February 2022

Let us be thankful to him for perceive beauty beyond this life as a great beholder...The song of birds, the rapture of the rose; Cloud-dappled skies, the laugh of limpid springs, Drowned sunbeams and the perfume April blows...

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Dr Dillip K Swain 18 February 2022

The title invites the attention of readers towards a little prayer but its requires a deeper understanding of the value of this precious life in spite of ups and downs. In every situation, a humble soul expresses

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Sylvia Frances Chan 28 January 2022

Let us be grateful, God, with humble heart.So very true. Amen.5 Stars full

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Renu Kakkar 01 November 2016

Lovely poem. We ask for may things from God and we promptly forget to thank when we achieve our objectives. This poem is a poem of gratitude not only for ordinary things but the great things nature has provided to us.

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