"Forgive Us All Our Trespasses, Little Creatures Everywhere"

Download PDF Print Page Citation Share Link

Last Updated on August 26, 2016, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 118

Context: This poem expressing simple humanitarian sentiments is a prayer addressed to "little creatures everywhere," beseeching forgiveness in behalf of all mankind for trespasses against them. The poet's sympathies go out to the helpless creatures "that run and quail/ And die in silence and despair." He calls upon little creatures of the air, land, and sea, "little things that fight and fail/ And fall," to forgive mankind its many injustices. "All trapped and frightened little things,/ The mouse, the coney, hear our prayer," he pleads. Using the Lord's Prayer as a model, he concludes his poem:

Illustration of PDF document

Download Little Things Study Guide

Subscribe Now

As we forgive those done to us,
The lamb, the linnet, and the hare,
Forgive us all our trespasses,
Little creatures everywhere.

Unlock This Study Guide Now

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-hour free trial

"Little Drops Of Water, Little Grains Of Sand"