My Heart’s Desire

FATHER I know that all my life is portioned out for me;
And the changes that are sure to come I do not fear to see:
But I ask Thee for a present mind intent on pleasing Thee.

I ASK Thee for a thankful love, through constant watching—wise,
To meet the glad with joyful smiles, to wipe the weeping eyes,
And a heart at leisure from itself, to soothe and sympathize.

I WOULD not have the restless will that hurries to and fro,
Seeking for some great thing to do, or secret thing to know.
I would be dealt with as a child, and guided where to go.

I ASK Thee for the daily strength, to none that ask denied;
And a mind to blend with outward life, while keeping at Thy side:
Content to fill a little space if Thou be glorified.

(Psalm 27:4; 37:4)
Anna Leatitia Waring (1850)