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" the Prayer of Cyrus Brown "

The proper way for a man to pray,
Said Deacon Lemuel Keys,
And the only proper attitude
Is down upon his knees.

No, I should say the way to pray,
Said Rev. Doctor Wise,
Is standing straight with outstreched arms
And rapt and upturned eyes.

Oh, no; no, no, said Elder Slow,
Such posture is too proud:
A man should pray with eyes fast closed
And head contritely bowed.

It seems to me his hands should be
Austerely clasped in front.
With both thumbs pointing toward the ground,
Said Rev. Doctor Blunt.

Las' year I fell in Hodgkin's well
Head first, said Cyrus Brown,
With both my heels a-stickin' up,
My head a-pinting down;
An' I made a prayer right then an' there-
Best prayer I ever said,
The prayin'est prayer I ever prayed,
A-standin' on my head.

by Sam Walter Foss (1858-1911)


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