A Prayer


"A Prayer" is the fourth song of Simon Sargon's song cycle Jump Back!: African American Poetry in Song. The cycle sets five poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar and is available through Southern Music Company.


The audio selection in the player to the right features Barbara Hill Moore, soprano, and Richard Gordon, piano. Used with the permission of the composer. To listen, please click on the track name itself.

A Prayer
by Paul Laurence Dunbar

O Lord, the hard-won miles
Have worn my stumbling feet:
Oh, soothe me with thy smiles,
And make my life complete.

The thorns were thick and keen
Where'er I trembling trod;
The way was long between
My wounded feet and God.

Where healing waters flow
Do thou my footsteps lead.
My heart is aching so;
Thy gracious balm I need.

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