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A Candle in a Dirty Glass


Alice C. Bateman

A candle in a dirty glass

A sad reflection of my past

The flame burned bright

The light endured

The glass it shone through

Was impured


By all the dirty finger prints

Of life upon my flesh

By all the haunting memories

Through which I did my best

Although not nearly ever

Enough to please this world


I just want to live it over

Become a little girl

With bright and shining future

With heroes, princes, knights

Who would come to rescue me

Protect me as my right


When it is in truth the women

Who all the battles fight

Of life and death

And peace and war

We shatter in the night


And when we can't go onward

And when we’ve had enough

We still must carry forward

In God must put our trust

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