At first I prayed for light

At first I prayed for light

Author: Edna Dow Cheney
Tune: WOOLWICH
Published in 12 hymnals

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1. At first I prayed for light:
Could I but see the way,
How gladly, swiftly would I walk
To everlasting day!

2. And next I prayed for strength:
That I might tread the road
With firm, unfaltering feet, and win
The heavens’ serene abode.

3. And then I prayed for faith:
Could I but trust my God,
I’d live infolded in His peace,
Though foes were all abroad.

4. But now I pray for love:
Deep love to God and man;
A living love that will not fail,
However dark His plan.

5. And light and strength and faith
Are opening everywhere!
God waited patiently until
I prayed the larger prayer.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #40

Author: Edna Dow Cheney

Ednah Dow Littlehale Cheney (June 27, 1824 – November 19, 1904) was a writer, reformer, and philanthropist, born on Beacon Hill, Boston to Sargent Smith Littledale and Ednah Parker (Dow). She was educated in private schools in Boston. She was secretary of the School of Design for Women from 1851 till 1854. She married portrait artist Seth Wells Cheney on May 19, 1853. His ill health limited his volume of work and after a winter trip abroad (1854-1855) he died in 1856. They had one child, Margaret Swan Cheney (September 8, 1855 – September 22, 1882) Edna's daughter, Margaret Swan Cheney died of tuberculosis while a student in the 1882 class at MIT and a reception room of the Women’s Chemistry Laboratory was named in her memory. A… Go to person page >

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First Line: At first I prayed for light
Author: Edna Dow Cheney

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The Cyber Hymnal #40
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Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #488
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