I Asked God

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve,

I was made weak, that I might learn to humbly trust…

I asked for health that I might do greater things,

I was given infirmity, that I might do better things…

I asked riches, that I might be happy,

I was given poverty, that I might be wise…

I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men,

I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God…

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life,

I was given life, that I might enjoy all things…

I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I had hoped for…

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered,

I am among all men, most richly blessed


This poem was found on the body of an unknown soldier of the Confederate Army killed at the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War. No one knows who wrote it.


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