Poetry of Kansas

My Shriveled Soul

For being so little a man
    I am sorry, O Father, today,
And confess I am wholly to blame,___
    O Father, forgive me, I pray.
Can a man to his stature add?
    Ah, yes, to his soul he may;
And so little man as I
    For forgiveness needs to pray.
Had I not put folly for faith,
    Had I only put work for play,
I would now be a worthier man,
    I confess it, O Lord, as I pray.
My heart would have grown through the years,
    Had I steadily walked in thy way;
Oh, for being so little a soul
    I ask thy forgiveness today.

Quillings In Verse
John Edward Everett
(Smith Center: ___. 1912)
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