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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889

A Prayer

By George Melville Upton (b. 1861)

[Born in Sutter Creek, Amador Co., Cal., 1861.]

A LITTLE time for laughter,

A little space for song—

And tears that hurry after,—

Ere we too go along.

Like ripples on the river,

As light on wind-swept grain,

So passes our endeavor:

We go, nor come again.

Then make me, O Eternal,

Still, as thy forces are:

We thrive as grasses vernal,

We fade as fades the star.

The Overland Monthly. 1887.