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Morning Prayer (Another day has dawned), by Grace Aguilar (ca. 1830s)


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Morning prayer.
Another day hath dawned,
oh most merciful and ever blessed God.
Oh grant that it may be passed in virtue.
Give me, oh our Father,
that command over my heart during this day,
that whatever may chance to annoy or grieve me,
I may never lose that even temper and thankful spirit
which are most acceptable to Thee,
oh God of mercy and of love.
Let not trifling things have power to vex or irritate me,
but give me that sense of my own unworthiness,
that whatever be Thy almighty will,
I may bow in submission to it.
I am but a worm in Thy presence, oh my God,
and dare I murmur, whatever be Thy just decrees?
But in Thy great mercy, oh our Father,
preserve me this day from sorrow and suffering;
grant that I may perform my earthly duties
with a willing heart and joyous spirit.
Oh preserve me from sin;
guard me from the temptations
that encircle me,
that when I pray before Thee at night, oh my God,
my conscience may be at peace,
and my whole soul glow in adoration unto Thee.
Hear me, almighty and gracious God,
hear me from Thy throne of justice and mercy,
and if my prayer seem acceptable in Thy sight, oh my God,
for the sake of that great and holy Name,
by which Thou hast promised to show mercy
unto thousands of Thy people Israel,
oh pour Thy blessing on me,
and grant my prayer. —

“Morning prayer (Another day has dawned)” by Grace Aguilar was published posthumously by her mother Sarah Aguilar in Essays and Miscellanies (1853), in the section “Sacred Communings,” pp. 226-227. In the UK edition of Sacred Communings (1853) the prayer appears with small variations of spelling and punctuation on pages 93-94.








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