An early draft of a prayer card for a project that’s now taken a new direction. That means I won’t be taking the time to work on it till I’m reasonably satisfied I’ve finished it. But if you like it, and can make use of it in its unfinished state, then please feel free to use it.
The inspiration came from a phrase in one of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s poems: “send my roots rain.” It’s based on (the Latin version of) Jeremiah 12. Verse 1 is cited as an epigraph, and translated as the first lines of the sonnet.
Justus quidem tu es, Domine, si disputem tecum; verumtamenGerard Manley Hopkins
justa loquar ad te: Quare via impiorum prosperatur? &c.
Thou art indeed just, Lord, if I contend
With thee; but, sir, so what I plead is just.
Why do sinners’ ways prosper? and why must
Disappointment all I endeavour end?
Wert thou my enemy, O thou my friend,
How wouldst thou worse, I wonder, than thou dost
Defeat, thwart me? Oh, the sots and thralls of lust
Do in spare hours more thrive than I that spend,
Sir, life upon thy cause. See, banks and brakes
Now, leavèd how thick! lacèd they are again
With fretty chervil, look, and fresh wind shakes
Them; birds build – but not I build; no, but strain,
Time’s eunuch, and not breed one work that wakes.
Mine, O thou lord of life, send my roots rain.