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THE

UNIVERSAL PRAYER.

DEO OPT. MAX.

FATHER of All! in ev'ry age,
In ev'ry clime, ador'd,
By saint, by savage, and by sage,
Jehovah, Jove, or Lord !

5

Thou Great First Cause, least understood,
Who all my sense confind
To know but this, that thou art Good,
And that myself am blind:

10

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.

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What blessings thy free bounty gives
Let me not cast away;
For God is paid when Man receives :
T' enjoy is to obey.

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Yet not to Earth's contracted span
Thy goodness let me bound,
Or think thee Lord alone of Man,
When thousand worlds are round.

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

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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.

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Teach me to feel another's woe,
To hide the fault I see;
That mercy I to others show,
That mercy show to me.

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