Adelaide Anne Procter

Per Pacem Ad Lucem By Adelaide Anne Procter

Per Pacem Ad Lucem By Adelaide Anne Procter

Per Pacem Ad Lucem I DO not ask, O Lord, that life may be A pleasant road; I do not ask that Thou wouldst take from me Aught of its load; I do not ask that flowers should always spring Beneath my feet; I know too well the poison and the sting Of things too sweet. For one thing only, Lord, dear Lord,... »

A Woman’s Question By Adelaide Anne Procter

A Woman’s Question By Adelaide Anne Procter

A Woman’s Question BEFORE I trust my fate to thee, Or place my hand in thine, Before I let thy future give Color and form to mine, Before I peril all for thee, question thy soul to-night for me. I break all slighter bonds, nor feel A shadow of regret: Is there one link within the Past That holds thy... »

The Requital By Adelaide Anne Procter

The Requital By Adelaide Anne Procter

The Requital LOUD roared the tempest, Fast fell the sleet; A little Child Angel Passed down the street, With trailing pinions And weary feet. The moon was hidden; No stars were bright; So she could not shelter In heaven that night, For the Angels’ ladders Are rays of light. She beat her wings At eac... »

A Lost Chord By Adelaide Anne Procter

A Lost Chord By Adelaide Anne Procter

A Lost Chord SEATED one day at the Organ, I was weary and ill at ease, And my fingers wandered idly Over the noisy keys. I do not know what I was playing, Or what I was dreaming then ; But I struck one chord of music, Like the sound of a great Amen. It flooded the crimson twilight, Like the close of... »

Envy By Adelaide Anne Procter

Envy By Adelaide Anne Procter

Envy He was the first always: Fortune Shone bright in his face. I fought for years; with no effort He conquered the place: We ran; my feet were all beeding, But he won the race. Spite of his many successes, Men loved him the same; My one pale ray of good fortune Met scoffing and blame. When we erred... »

Doubting Heart By Adelaide Anne Procter

Doubting Heart By Adelaide Anne Procter

Doubting Heart WHERE are the swallows fled? Frozen and dead, Perchance, upon some bleak and stormy shore. O doubting heart! Far over purple seas They wait, in sunny ease, The balmy southern breeze, To bring them to their northern homes once more. Why must the flowers die? Prison’d they lie In the co... »

My God, I Thank Thee Who Hast Made By Adelaide Anne Procter

My God, I Thank Thee Who Hast Made By Adelaide Anne Procter

My God, I Thank Thee Who Hast Made My God, I thank Thee who hast made The earth so bright; So full of splendour and of joy, Beauty and light; So many glorious things are here, Noble and right! I thank Thee, too, that Thou hast made Joy to abound; So many gentle thoughts and deeds Circling us round, ... »

Fidelis By Adelaide Anne Procter

Fidelis By Adelaide Anne Procter

Fidelis You have taken back the promise That you spoke so long ago; Taken back the heart you gave me- I must even let it go. Where Love once has breathed, Pride dieth, So I struggled, but in vain, First to keep the links together, Then to piece the broken chain. But it might not be-so freely All you... »

One By One The Sands Are Flowing By Adelaide Anne Procter

One By One The Sands Are Flowing By Adelaide Anne Procter

One By One The Sands Are Flowing One by one the sands are flowing, One by one the moments fall: Some are coming, some are going; Do not strive to grasp them all. One by one thy duties wait thee; Let thy whole strength go to each; Let no future dreams elate thee; Learn thou first what these can teach... »