I'm a non-native speaker who's writing lyrics for a song. The line I'm having difficulties with is as follows:
Oh, how I would pray Emily to stay.
Is this alright, or could this be interpreted as grammatical in some sense? I know we would usually use a preposition there but I don't have room for another syllable. Changing the verb is also not an option, as I need the rhyme stay/pray.
Is this grammatically correct?