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|The Lord’s Prayer|
|“Audemus dicere ‘Pater Noster.’”Canon of the Mass|
There is a bolder way, |
There is a wilder enterprise than this
All-human iteration day by day.
Courage, mankind! Restore Him what is His.
Out of His mouth were given |
These phrases. O replace them whence they came.
He, only, knows our inconceivable “Heaven,”
Our hidden “Father,” and the unspoken “Name”;
Our “trespasses,” our “bread,”|
The “will” inexorable yet implored;
The miracle-words that are and are not said,
Charged with the unknown purpose of their Lord.
“Forgive,” “give,” “lead us not” |
Speak them by Him, O man the unaware,
Speak by that dear tongue, though thou know not what,
Shuddering through the paradox of prayer.
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