This is my prayer to thee, my lord—strike,
strike at the root of penury in my heart.
Give me the strength lightly
to bear my joys and sorrows.
Give me the strength to make
my love fruitful in service.
Give me the strength never to
disown the poor or bend my knees
before insolent might.
Give me the strength to raise my
mind high above daily trifles.
And give me the strength to surrender
my strength to thy will with love.