110. The Power of Prayer

THERE is not on the earth a soul so base
            But may obtain a place
            In covenanted grace;
So that his feeble prayer of faith obtains
            Some loosening of his chains,
And earnests of the great release, which rise
From gift to gift, and reach at length the eternal

All may save self;—but minds that heavenward
            Aim at a wider power,
            Gifts on the world to shower.—
And this is not at once;—by fastings gain'd,
            And trials well sustain'd,
By pureness, righteous deeds, and toils of love,
Abidance in the Truth, and zeal for God above.

At Sea
June 24, 1833.

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