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Is it right to use "may" as follows to wish for better days to come?

May one day comes a time at which we get rid of all such burdens.

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Almost. The usage of may is acceptable, provided you insert "there" and use the bare infinitive of close for this hypothetical ("hope for", as you said) statement.

And you might want to consider in which, or simply when, rather than at which ( "at which" is not wrong, but it sounds a bit formal; "in which" refers to a period rather than an instant.)

That is, put it this way:

  • May there one day come a time when we get rid of such burdens.

Or this way:

  • May there one day come a time when we have gotten rid of such burdens. (envisioning completed action)

Or this way:

  • May there one day come a time in which we are rid of such burdens. (envisioning a better situation, without saying who will get rid of the burdens))
  • I agree with your answer - but it has left me wondering how we got this may usage. I've a feeling that God may have been involved at some stage. May God bless all the children... – WS2 Sep 16 '15 at 8:21
  • Merriam-Webster puts it this way: > used in auxiliary function to express a wish or desire especially in prayer, imprecation, or benediction may the best man win See also m.youtube.com/watch?v=nr2_DBRcQrY – Brian Hitchcock Sep 17 '15 at 7:28
  • One of my favourite songs - from 1965. I remember it well. – WS2 Sep 17 '15 at 8:08

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