A Man’s Prayer

Let me live, Oh Mighty Master,

Such a life as man should know,

tasting triumph and disaster,

Joy — and not too much of woe,

Let me run the gamut over,

Let me fight and love and laugh,

And when I’m beneath the clover

Let this be my epitaph.

”Here lies one who took his chances

In the busy world of men,

Battled luck and circumstances,

Fought and fell, and fought again,

Won sometimes, but did not crowing,

Lost sometimes but didn’t wail,

Took his beating but kept going,

Never let his courage fail.

He was fallible and human,

Therefore loved and understood

Both his fellowmen and women,

Whether good-or not so good,

Kept his spirit undiminished,

Never lay down on a friend,

Played the game till it was finished,

Lived a true man to the end.”


Composer – Richard R. ”Roland” Ralph


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