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Once I Prayed (Helen McDowell*/Phil Keaggy)
(Transcribed by Dave Kitabjian, dave&
 If you like this transcription or use it or have comments,
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Tuning: Standard, classical guitar
Capo:   None


A-----2--------------|--------------3\2--| (repeat)

Intro with fingering:

A-----2(1)--------------------------|-----------------3(3)\2(2)--| (repeat)

 Em9                Em9
Once I prayed -- I knew not what I said --
  Em  D/F#    G      Am7     G/B     CM7     Am/D?
"Show me   myself, O Lord!". Alas, I did not dread
     Em      A                  D     D/F#   G
The hideous sight which now I shudder to   behold
          C#m7      F#7   Bm7    ?
Because I knew not self aright.

And I was led in answer to my prayer

As step by step to see my wretched heart laid bare

Then I prayed "Stay, Lord, I cannot bear the sight!"
                                        E7       AM7 - A6 - AM7 - A6
And pityingly His hand was stayed, His hand was stayed.

C - D/C - C - D/C 
GM7 - CM7 - Am7 - Bm7
Em9 x4

Now I pray -- I know the prayer is right --

"Show my Thyself, O Lord. Be to my soul the Bright

And Morning Star to shine upon the grave of self

And lead my heart from earth afar!" from earth afar.


*Lyrics by Helen McDowell from "The Continual Burnt Offering",
  H. A. Ironside, Loizeaux Bros, 1941.

Am/D   xx0210
AM7    x06220
A6     x04220
D/C    x3x232
GM7    320032

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