Thursday, July 09, 2009

Cyrus Brown

The Prayer of Cyrus Brown
By Sam Walter Foss
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"The proper way for a man to pray,"
Said Deacon Lemuel Keyes,
"And the only proper attitude
Is down upon his knees."

"No, I should say the way to pray,"
Said Rev. Doctor Wise,
"Is standing straight with outstretched arms
And rapt and upturned eyes."

"Oh, no; no, no," said Elder Slow,
"Such posture is too proud:
A man should pray with eyes fast closed
And head contritely bowed."

"It seems to me his hands should be
Austerely clasped in front.
With both thumbs pointing toward the ground,"
Said Rev. Doctor Blunt.

"Las' year I fell in Hodgkin's well
Head first," said Cyrus Brown,
"With both my heels a-stickin' up,
My head a-pinting down;

"An' I made a prayer right then an' there--
Best prayer I ever said,
The prayingest prayer I ever prayed,
A-standing on my head."


sheila said...

lol, you first Pastor Matt and the rest will follow, heheh, In God's Love, sheila

Katie said...

Every time I read this now I am going to hear Tom doing the "Rev Doctor Wise" and Jeff being Cyrus Brown. LOL!