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The Fool's Prayer

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THE royal feast was done; the King
Sought some new sport to banish care,
And to his jester cried: 'Sir Fool,
Kneel now, and make for us a prayer!'

The jester doffed his cap and bells,
And stood the mocking court before;
They could not see the bitter smile
Behind the painted grin he wore.
He bowed his head, and bent his knee
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James Arthur Banta 20 February 2019
I well remember this poem from my childhood. After 61 years, it moves me more now than ever.
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Emily church 16 February 2020
I agree. It has been more than 60 years since I first read it and it never fails to move me.
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