This is my prayer to thee, my lord—strike,
strike at the root of penury in my heart.
Give me the strength lightly
to bear my joys and sorrows.
He it is, the innermost one,
who awakens my being with his deep hidden touches.
He it is who puts his enchantment upon these eyes
and joyfully plays on the chords of my heart
in varied cadence of pleasure and pain.