Henry Van Dyke

(10 November 1852 – 10 April 1933 / Germantown, Pennsylvania)

A Prayer For A Mother's Birthday - Poem by Henry Van Dyke

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Lord Jesus, Thou hast known
A mother's love and tender care:
And Thou wilt hear, while for my own
Mother most dear I make this birthday prayer.

Protect her life, I pray,
Who gave the gift of life to me;
And may she know, from day to day,
The deepening glow of Life that comes from Thee.

As once upon her breast
Fearless and well content I lay,
So let her heart, on Thee at rest,
Feel fears depart and troubles fade away.

Her every wish fulfill;
And even if Thou must refuse
In anything, let Thy wise will
A comfort bring such as kind mothers use.

Ah, hold her by the hand,
As once her hand held mine;
And though she may not understand
Life's winding way, lead her in peace divine.

I cannot pay my debt
For all the love that she has given;
But Thou, love's Lord, wilt not forget
Her due reward,- bless her in earth and heaven.

Topic(s) of this poem: mother


Comments about A Prayer For A Mother's Birthday by Henry Van Dyke

  • Akhtar Jawad (12/6/2016 9:52:00 PM)


    An amazing poem, the reader after reading this poem becomes so sentimental and starts thinking about his own mother. (Report) Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (12/4/2016 11:05:00 PM)


    An emotional tribute to a mother and a humble prayer seeking peace for her in this world as well as in her afterlife. Great poem. Thanks. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Wednesday, December 17, 2014


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