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Sometimes I feel lonely,
and from the depths I cry unto thee,
and within me, thy voice answers me,
and I know that thou, Eternal Friend,
art near me.
Sometimes the sense of failure seizes me,
and I am disheartened.
Unto Thee do I raise mine eyes,
and the light of my Heavenly Father
shines upon me,
and bids me to persevere.
Sometimes my daily life oppresses me.
Unto thee, do I lift up my voice,
and I realise that by doing my duty
manfully and cheerfully
I am serving thee, Divine Master,
and my task is revealed to me
as something good and sacred.
Sometimes I am sad and sick at heart,
but when I think of Thee,
Spirit of Perfect Righteousness and Love,
a wonderful joy comes to me,
for I know that Thou art guiding me.
O Lord God of Hosts,
surely Thou wilt ever comfort me.
Blessed be Thy name for ever and ever.
Basil L.Q. Henriques’s prayer “For Hope” was first published in The Fratres Book of Prayer for the Oxford and St. George’s Synagogue Jewish Lads Club in 1916, and later reprinted in the Prayer Book of the St. George’s Settlement Synagogue (1929), “Special Prayers” section, page 94.
“[Prayer] for hope, by Basil Lucas Quixano Henriques (1916)” is shared by the living contributor(s) with a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication 1.0 Universal license.