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 Prayers of Steel
 Year 2000
 Length 3:00
 Instrumentation  SATB Chorus and Piano
 Text
Prayers of Steel 
[By Carl Sandburg, from Leather Leggings in the collection Cornhuskers]

Lay me on an anvil, O God.
Beat me and hammer me into a crow bar.
Let me pry loose old walls.
Let me lift and loosen old foundations.

Lay me on an anvil, O God.
Beat me and hammer me into a steel spike.
Drive me into the girders the hold a skyscraper together.
Take red-hot rivets and fasten me into the central girders.
Let me be the great nail holding a skyscraper together through blue nights into white stars.



© 1946 Carl Sandburg | All rights reserved
Used by permission of Houghton Harcourt Mifflin Publishing


 Related Works
Prayers of Steel is a part of Four Carl Sandburg Poems
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Prayers of Steel [Score]
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