Great God, I Ask Thee for No Meaner Pelf
Great God, I ask for no meaner pelf Than that I may not disappoint myself, That in my action I may soar as high As I can now discern with this clear eye. And next in value, which thy kindness lends, That I may greatly disappoint my friends, Howe'er they think or hope that it may be, They may not dream how thou'st distinguished me. That my weak hand may equal my firm faith And my life practice what my tongue saith That my low conduct may not show Nor my relenting lines That I thy purpose did not know Or overrated thy designs.
This poem is in the public domain.
Henry David Thoreau
Although he thought of himself as a poet, Henry David Thoreau's most defining work was his book, Walden.
Date Published: 1842-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/great-god-i-ask-thee-no-meaner-pelf