I thought I would add one more ditty on the subject in my post for today. My copy came to me from a dear friend and church member.
The poem, now in the public domain and thus readily available on the web, was written and first published by a man named Sam Walter Foss who lived from 1858 until 1911. It has since been recorded as a song. It is a humorous little piece titled…
THE PRAYER OF CYRUS BROWN
"The proper way for a man to pray,"
Said Deacon Lemuel Keyes,
"And the only proper attitude
Is down upon his knees."
"No, I should say the way to pray,"
Said Reverend Doctor Wise,
"Is standing straight with outstretched arms
And rapt and upturned eyes."
"Oh, no, no, no," said Elder Slow,
"Such posture is too proud.
A man should pray with eyes fast-closed
And head contritely bowed."
"It seems to me his hands should be
Austerely clasped in front
With both thumbs pointing toward the ground,"
Said Reverend Doctor Blunt.
"Last year I fell in Hodgkin’s well
Headfirst," said Cyrus Brown,
"With both my heels a-stickin' up
And my head a-pointin' down."
"And I made a prayer right then and there,
The best prayer I ever said,
The prayingest prayer I ever prayed,
A-standin' on my head."