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Attributed to an Unknown Confederate Soldier

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve. 
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health, that I might do greater things. 
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.

I asked for riches, that I might be happy. 
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.

I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men. 
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all the things that I might enjoy life. 
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for 
But everything I had hoped for.

Almost despite myself, 
My unspoken prayers were answered. 
I am among all men, most richly blessed.