The man I want


The Man I Want
(by Ruth Bell)


This is a poem written by a teenage girl looking for a husband.

It was written as a prayer, and this is what she said:


Dear God, I pray all unafraid
As girls are wont to be
I do not want a handsome man

But make him, Lord, like Thee.


I do not need one big and strong
nor yet so very tall,
Nor need he be some genius

or wealthy, Lord, at all;


But let his head be high, dear God,
and let his eye be clear,
His shoulders straight, whate'er his fate

whate'er his earthly sphere.


And let his face have character,
a ruggedness of soul,
And let his whole life show, dear God,

a singleness of goal.


And when he comes
as he will come
With quiet eyes aglow
I'll know, dear Lord,
That he's the man
I prayed for long ago.


That girl's name was Ruth Bell, and she later met and married Billy Graham.



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