Gebedshouding

Ik probeer zo min mogelijk Engels te gebruiken in dit weblog.
Maar ik kan jullie dit gedicht niet onthouden.

THE PRAYER
OF CYRUS BROWN

by Sam Walter Foss

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

"No, I should say the way to pray,"
Said Reverend Doctor Wise,
"Is standing straight with outstretched 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 Reverend Doctor Blunt.

"Last year I fell in Hidgekin’s well
Headfirst," said Cyrus Brown,
"With both my heels a-stickin’ up
And my head a-pointin’ down.

"And I made a prayer right then and there,
The best prayer I ever said,
The prayingest prayer I ever prayed,
A-standin’ on my head."

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