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I prayed for riches and achieved success, All that I touched turned into gold. Alas! My cares were greater, and my peace was less When that wish came to pass.
I prayed for glory; and heard my name Sung by sweet children and by hoary men. But ah! the hurts, the hurts that came with fame! I was not happy then.
I prayed for love, and had my soul's desire, Through quivering heart and body and through brain There swept the flame of its devouring fire; And there the scars remain.
I prayed for a contented mind. At length Great light upon my darkened spirit burst, Great peace fell on me, also, and great strength. Oh! had that prayer been first!
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Answered Prayers