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A PRAYER, IN THE PROSPECT OF DEATH.

I.
1 O THOU unknown, Almighty Cause
2 Of all my hope and fear!
3 In whose dread Presence, ere an hour,
4 Perhaps I must appear!
II.
5 If I have wander'd in those paths
6 Of life I ought to shun;
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7 As Something, loudly, in my breast,
8 Remonstrates I have done;
III.
9 Thou know'st that Thou hast formed me,
10 With Passions wild and strong;
11 And: list'ning, to their witching voice
12 Has often led me wrong.
IV.
13 Where human weakness has come short,
14 Or frailty stept aside,
15 Do Thou, ALL-GOOD, for such Thou art,
16 In shades of darkness hide.
V.
17 Where with intention I have err'd,
18 No other plea I have,
19 But, Thou art good; and Goodness still
20 Delighteth to forgive.

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    Title (in Source Edition): A PRAYER, IN THE PROSPECT OF DEATH.
    Author: Robert Burns
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    POEMS, CHIEFLY IN THE SCOTTISH DIALECT, BY ROBERT BURNS. Kilmarnock: printed by John Wilson, M,DCC,LXXXVI., 1786, pp. 168-169. 240p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T91548) (Page images digitized by National Library of Scotland.)

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