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A Card: Faith’s Torch

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 16, 2013

Prayer of the Trail

By Alberta Huish Christensen

‘Tis not for weary hands, dear Lord, I pray,
Although the handcart makes them callous-worn;
And not for balm, the hurting to allay
Of bruised and bandaged feet, is this prayer born.
The lantern of my faith tonight burns low,
Unless it be renewed, I cannot go
Such endless miles as still before us lie.
But if re-kindled, Lord, ah, then I know
I can file on, nor ever count the cost
Of all the things for conscience’ sake I lost:
I can forget how friends, entreating, cried:
Even forget our parting, — his low voice —
His words that spoke the scorn his kiss denied —
If I but feel the wisdom of my choice.

And so for that — to keep faith’s torch alight —
And only that, — dear God, I pray tonight!

— Co-Winner of 1934
Eliza R. Snow Memorial Poem Contest
Relief Society Magazine
January 1934



  1. Oh, that is good! I hope the other poem which shared the prize is as good–and that you’ll post it soon!

    (And, an interesting variation on the traditional sonnet form.)

    Comment by Mark B. — July 16, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

  2. Ardis,
    Thanks for posting this classic pioneer poem from my great Aunt. I wonder if this was inspired by her father who was born on the plains as they made their way to Utah in 1863.
    I didn’t realize it had been published!

    Comment by P J DLM — July 16, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

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