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(12 July 1817 – 6 May 1862 / Concord, Massachusetts)

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Great God, I Ask for no Meaner Pelf

Great God, I ask for no meaner pelf
Than that I may not disappoint myself,
That in my action I may soar as high
As I can now discern with this clear eye.

And next in value, which thy kindness lends,
That I may greatly disappoint my friends,
Howe'er they think or hope that it may be,
They may not dream how thou'st distinguished me.

That my weak hand may equal my firm faith
And my life practice what my tongue saith
That my low conduct may not show
Nor my relenting lines
That I thy purpose did not know
Or overrated thy designs.

Submitted: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Edited: Thursday, April 26, 2012


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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/18/2014 9:42:00 AM)

    Faith in god and love to the universe is a good thing to lead a good and perfect life. The great poet takes the opportunity to remind the name of god through the poem and a good introspction goes on and nice to read.

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  • Terrance Tracy (11/11/2013 7:18:00 AM)

    A good introspective poem of how others viewed him, but what they judged was not what he was. He was not the person they knew.

    Terrance Tracy

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