My Father Taught Me

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With confidence

My father taught me to listen
To wild birds’ morning song,
To laughter of the rippling brook,
To gladness all day long.
My father taught me courage.
When I would walk away
And leave unpleasant work undone,
He gave me strength to stay.
At evening when dark shadows
Were waiting everywhere,
He helped me find a special Friend.
My father taught me prayer.