Ask for ... but not for...

I ask, Lord, for daily bread, but
not for wealth,lest I forget the poor.
I ask for strength, but not for power, lest I despise the meek.
I ask for wisdom, but not for learning,lest I condemn the simple.
I ask for a good name, but not for fame, lest I condemn the lowly.
I ask for peace of mind, but not for idle hours, lest I fail to hearken
to the call of duty.

Inazo Nitobe


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