I meant to have but modest needs

I meant to have but modest needs
Such as Content and Heaven
Within my income these could lie
And Life and I keep even

But since the last included both
It would suffice my Prayer
But just for One to stipulate
And Grace would grant the Pair

And so upon this wise I prayed
Great Spirit Give to me
A Heaven not so large as Yours,
But large enough for me

A Smile suffused Jehovah’s face
The Cherubim withdrew
Grave Saints stole out to look at me
And showed their dimples too

I left the Place, with all my might
I threw my Prayer away
The Quiet Ages picked it up
And Judgment twinkled too
Tat one so honest be extant
It take the Tale for true
That “Whatsoever Ye shall ask
Itself be given You”

But I, grown shrewder scan the Skies
With a suspicious Air
As Children swindled for the first
All Swindlers be infer

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I meant to have but modest needs