Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:24
Words: Attributed to in Heart Throbs in Prose and Verse (Boston, Massachusetts: Chapple Publishing, 1905), pages 187–88. This book had the following on its title page:
Contributed by 50,000 people, dear to the American people, and by them contributed in the $10,000 prize contest initiated by the National Magazine, 1904–1905, Grosset & Dunlap, New York.
If you know Havens’ full name, or where to get a good photo of her (head & shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),
O praying one, who long has prayed,
And yet no answer heard,
Have ye been sometimes half afraid
God might not keep His word?
Seems prayer to fall on deafened ears?
Does Heav’n seem blind and dumb?
Is hope deferred? Believe—believe—
The answer time will come!
Ask what ye will—His word is true,
His power is all divine;
Ye cannot test His love too far;
His utmost shall be thine.
God does not mock believing prayer;
Ye shall not go unfed!
He gives no serpent for a fish,
Nor gives He stones for bread.
Thy inmost longings may be told;
The hopes that turned to shame,
The empty life, the thwarted plans;
The good that never came.
The promise is not mine,
God did not hear me pray;
I prayed—I trusted fully—but
The grave hath barred the way.
God heard Thee—He hath not forgot,
Faith shall at length prevail!
Yea—know it! Not one smallest jot
Of all His word can fail.
For if ye truly have believed,
Not vain hath been thy prayer!
As God is true, thy hope shall come—
Sometime, some way, somewhere.