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A Soldier's Prayer ("Most Richly Blessed")

Anonymous Author - This prayer was alleged to have been found on a CSA casualty at the Devil's Den, Gettysburg. It has also been attributed to a battle weary CSA soldier near the end of the war. The prayer was later used liberally as an inspiration for the lyrics Jimmy Dean’s “Most Richly Blessed” on his 1967 RCA Victor Album “Most Richly Blessed (And Other Great Inspirational Songs)”. Currently Displayed in the Lobby of the Shreveport, LA Veterans Hospital

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve.

I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.

 

I asked for health, that I might do great things.

I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.

 

I asked for riches, that I might be happy.

I was given poverty, that I might become wise.

 

I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men.

I was given weakness, that I might feel the need for God. I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life.

 

I was given Life, that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I had hoped for. Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers and true needs were fulfilled.

 

I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

 

 

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