The Prayer of an Unknown Man
I asked God for strength that I might achieve,
I was made week that I might lean humbly to obey.
I asked for health that I might do great things,
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy,
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men,
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life,
I was given life that I might enjoy all things for.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything that I had hoped.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all people, most blessed!