Friday, October 21, 2016

A Prayer in the Prospect of Death by Robert Burns

O THOU unknown, Almighty Cause
Of all my hope and fear!
In whose dread presence, ere an hour,
Perhaps I must appear!

If I have wander’d in those paths
Of life I ought to shun,
As something, loudly, in my breast,                            
Remonstrates I have done;

Thou know’st that Thou hast formed me
With passions wild and strong;
And list’ning to their witching voice
Has often led me wrong.

Where human weakness has come short,
Or frailty stept aside,
Do Thou, All-Good-for such Thou art—
In shades of darkness hide.

Where with intention I have err’d,
No other plea I have,
But, Thou art good; and Goodness still
Delighteth to forgive.


  1. Amen to that! I love Robert Burns poetry, especially when read aloud with appropriate accent.

    And by the by, it's great that you're willing to participate in the project. I'll be in touch.

  2. When I say appropriate accent I'm of course thinking Scots, of which there are a number I guess. A Sean Connery would do it fine.