The Fool's Prayer

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The Fool's Prayer

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"The Fool's Prayer"

Luz Leigh - 20 August 2007

Many years ago a poet by the name of Edward Rowland Sill wrote a very touching poem called "The Fool's Prayer." While thumbing through The Family Book of Best Loved Poems, I came across it. I have not read it in many years. May I share a portion of it with you?

The royal feast was done; the King
Sought some new sport to banish care,
And to his jester cried: "Sir Fool,
Kneel now, and make for us a prayer!"
The jester doffed his cap and bells,
And stood the mocking court before;
They could not see the bitter smile
Behind the painted grin he wore.
He bowed his head, and bent his knee
Upon the monarch's silken stool;
His pleading voice arose: "O Lord,
Be merciful to me, a fool!"
"No pity, Lord, could change the heart
From red with wrong to white as wool:
The rod must heal the sin; but Lord,
Be merciful to me, a fool!"

The poem continues for several more verses in which he pours out his heart and soul to the Lord, speaking truths that only a Child of the King can recognize. It ends as follows:

"Earth bears no balsam for mistakes;
Men crown the knave, and scourge the tool
That did his will, but Thou, O Lord,
Be merciful to me, a fool!"
The room was hushed; in silence rose
The King, and sought his gardens cool,
And walked apart, and murmured low,
"Be merciful to me, a fool!"

Do not these words bring us to a realization that we, too, can be classified as "a fool" at times for the way we live and act? May we go to our garden and humbly bow as we pray the jester's simple prayer, "Be merciful to me, a fool."

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