A Poem by H. Coleridge: Be Not Afraid to Pray

 Be Not Afraid to Pray

Hartley Coleridge, 1796-1849

Be not afraid to pray; to pray is right.
Pray, if thou canst, with hope, but ever pray,
Though hope be weak or sick with long delay;
Pray in the darkness, if there be no light.

Whate’er is good to wish, ask that of Heaven, 
Though it be what thou canst not hope to see: 
Pray to be perfect, though material leaven
Forbid the Spirit so on earth to be;

But if for any wish thou dar’st not pray,
Then pray to God to cast that wish away.