ALSO for these that with us bearBy Florence Earle Coates. Published in the Friends' Intelligencer (25 December 1915) and in Poems (1916) Volume II.
The heat and burden of the day,
These humble creatures of Thy care,
O Merciful, we pray.
Their guileless lives they offer, Lord,
To aid their country in distress.
Grant to their virtue the reward
Of Thy great tenderness.
Have pity also, Lord, on these—
On these, so docile, faithful, meek!
We supplicate upon our knees
For them that cannot speak.