The Kneeling Camel

The Kneeling Camel


 The camel at the close of day

Kneels down upon the sandy plain

To have his burden lifted off

And rest again.


My soul, thou too shouldst to thy knees

When daylight draweth to a close,

And let thy Master lift thy load,

And grant repose.


Else how canst thou tomorrow meet,

With all tomorrow’s work to do,

If thou thy burden all the night

Dost carry through?


The camel kneels at break of day

To have his guide replace his load,

Then rises up anew to take

The desert road.


So thou shouldst kneel at morning dawn

That God may give thy daily care,

Assured that He no load too great

Will make thee bear.

                 ~Anna Temple Whitney