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Alice Meynell (Элис Мейнелл)


The Lord's Prayer


"Audemus dicere 'Pater Noster.'" — CANON OF THE MASS.


            There is a bolder way,
There is a wilder enterprise than this
All-human iteration day by day.
Courage, mankind! Restore Him what is His.

            Out of His mouth were given
These phrases. O replace them whence they came.
He, only, knows our inconceivable "Heaven,"
Our hidden "Father," and the unspoken "Name";

            Our "trespasses," our "bread,"
The "will" inexorable yet implored;
The miracle-words that are and are not said,
Charged with the unknown purpose of their Lord.

            "Forgive," "give," "lead us not"—
Speak them by Him, O man the unaware,
Speak by that dear tongue, though thou know not what,
Shuddering through the paradox of prayer.



Alice Meynell's other poems:
  1. “I Am the Way”
  2. To O——, of Her Dark Eyes
  3. Free Will
  4. To Silence
  5. The Day to the Night


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