Prayer of a Tired Child (op. 75, no. 4)

(1914)

"Prayer of a Tired Child" is the fourth song of Beach's Four Songs, op 75. This cycle sets texts written for children by American writers Abbie Farwell Brown and Oliver Herford, as well as British writer William Brighty Rands.

Prayer of a Tired Child
by Abbie Farwell Brown


Our Father, hear a tirèd child
Who has forgot her prayer,
And cannot find the words of it,
Which wander ev'rywhere.


You used to carry in your arms
The lambkins dumb and white,
Who had grown weary of their play,
And stumbled in the night.


I also am your little lamb,
Who has no word to pray.
Dear Father, will you bear me too
Along the darkling way?


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