Per Pacem Ad Lucem

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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, I plead,  
 Lead me aright—  
Though strength should falter, and though heart should bleed—  
 Through Peace to Light.  

I do not ask, O Lord, that thou shouldst shed  
 Full radiance here;  
Give but a ray of peace, that I may tread
 Without a fear.  

I do not ask my cross to understand,  
 My way to see;  
Better in darkness just to feel Thy hand  
 And follow Thee.

Joy is like restless day; but peace divine  
 Like quiet night:  
Lead me, O Lord,—till perfect Day shall shine,  
 Through Peace to Light.

© Adelaide Anne Procter