Lord, Make a Regular Man

A prayer for the New Year by Edgar A. Guest. The prayer actually contains wisdom for living a good life. It is a great verse to pray at any time of the year!

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Lord, Make a Regular Man
Poet: Edgar A. Guest


This I would like to be - braver and bolder,
Just a bit wiser because I am older,
Just a bit kinder to those I may meet,
Just a bit manlier taking defeat;
This for the New Year my wish and my plea -
Lord, make a regular man out of me.

This I would like to be - just a bit finer,
More of a smiler and less of a whiner,
Just a bit quicker to stretch out my hand
Helping another who's struggling to stand,
This is my prayer for the New Year to be,
Lord, make a regular man out of me.

This I would like to be - just a bit fairer,
Just a bit better, and just a bit squarer,
Not quite so ready to censure and blame,
Quicker to help every man in the game,
Not quite so eager men's failings to see,
Lord, make a regular man out of me.

This I would like to be - just a bit truer,
Less of the wisher and more of the doer,
Broader and bigger, more willing to give,
Living and helping my neighbour to live!
This for the New Year my prayer and my plea -
Lord, make a regular man out of me.

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Another poem by Edgar A. Guest about the New Year:

A New Year's Song
Poet: Edgar A. Guest


Love and laughter lead you
Down the pathways of the year,
And may each morning feed you
From the golden spoon of cheer;
May every eye be shining,
And every cheek aglow.
And may the silver lining
Of the clouds forever show.

May peace and plenty find you,
May pain and grief depart;
And may you leave behind you
The little cares that smart;
May no day be distressful.
No night be filled with woe,
And may you be successful
Wherever you may go.

May June bring you her roses,
May summer poppies bloom.
And may each day that closes
Be fragrant with perfume.
May you have no regretting
When evening is begun.
No vain and idle fretting
O'er what you might have done.

May envy quit your dwelling
And hatred leave your heart;
May you rejoice in telling
Your brother's better part.
May you be glad you're living
However dark your way,
And find your joy in giving
Your service to the day.


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