The Universal Prayer, by Alexander Pope

Father of All! In ev’ry Age
In ev’ry Clime ador’d,
By Saint, by Savage, and by Sage,
    Jehovah, Jove, or Lord!

 Thou Great First Cause, least understood:
    Who all my Sense confin’d
To know but this, that Thou art Good,
    And that myself am blind;

 Yet gave me, in this dark Estate,
    To see the Good from Ill;
And binding Nature fast in Fate,
    Left free the Human Will.

 What Conscience dictates to be done,
    Or warns me not to do,
This, teach me more than Hell to shun
    That, more than Heav’n pursue.

What Blessings thy free Bounty gives,
    Let me not cast away;
For God is paid when Man receives,
    T’enjoy is to obey.

 Yet not to Earth’s contracted Span
    Thy goodness let me bound,
Or think Thee Lord alone of Man,
    When thousand Worlds are round:

 Let not this weak, unknowing hand
    Presume thy bolts to throw,
And deal damnation round the land,
    On each I judge thy Foe.

 If I am right, thy grace impart,
    Still in the right to stay;
If I am wrong, oh teach my heart
    To find that better way.

 Save me alike from foolish Pride
    Or impious Discontent,
At aught thy wisdom has deny’d,
    Or aught thy Goodness lent.

 Teach me to feel another’s Woe,
    To hide the Fault I see;
That Mercy I to others show,
    That Mercy show to me.

 Mean tho’ I am, not wholly so,
    Since quick’ned by thy Breath;
Oh lead me wherefoe’er I go,
    Thro’ this day’s Life or Death.

This day, be Bread and Peace my Lot:
    All else beneath the Sun,
Thou know’st if best bestow’d or not,
    And let Thy Will be done.

 To thee, whose Temple is all Space,
    Whose Altar, Earth, Sea, Skies!
One Chorus let all Being raise!
    All Nature’s Incense rise!

The Universal Prayer, by Alexander Pope

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