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English Poetry. Sam Walter Foss. An Informal Prayer — the Prayer of Cyrus Brown. Сэм Уолтер Фосс.

Sam Walter Foss (Сэм Уолтер Фосс)

An Informal Prayer — the Prayer of Cyrus Brown

“The proper way for a man to pray”
said Deacon Lemuel Keyes,
“and the only proper attitude
is down upon his knees.”

“Nay, I should say the way to pray,”
said Reverend Dr. Wise
“is standing straight with outstrecthed arms
and rapt and upturned eyes.”

“Oh, no, no, no.” said Elder Snow
“Such posture is too proud
A man should pray with eyes fast closed
and head contritely bowed.”

“It seems to me his hands should be
astutely clasped in front.
With both thumbs a pointing toward the ground.”
Said Reverend Hunt.

“Las’ year I fell in Hodgkins well
head first,” said Cyrus Brown,
“With both my heels a-stikin’ up,
my head a-p’inting down,
An’ I made a prayer right there an’ then;
Best prayer I ever said;
The prayingest prayer I ever prayed,
A-standin on my head.”

Sam Walter Foss’s other poems:

  1. The Trumpets
  2. The Poster-Painter’s Masterpiece
  3. Odium Theologicum
  4. Toil’s Sweet Content
  5. Business

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