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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
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81. A Dialogue betwixt GOD and the Soul
 
Soul. WHILST my Souls eye beheld no light 
But what stream'd from thy gracious sight; 
To me the worlds greatest King 
Seem'd but some little vulgar thing. 
  
God. Whilest thou prov'dst pure; and that in thee         5
I could glass al my Deity: 
How glad did I from Heaven depart, 
To find a Lodging in thy heart! 
  
S. Now Fame and Greatness bear the sway, 
('Tis they that hold my prisons Key:)  10
For whom my soul would dy, might shee 
Leave them her Immortality. 
  
G. I, and some few pure Souls conspire, 
And burne both in a mutuall fire, 
For whom I'ld dy once more, ere they  15
Should miss of Heavens eternal day. 
  
S. But Lord! what if I turn againe, 
And with an adamantine chain, 
Lock me to thee? What if I chase 
The world away to give thee place?  20
  
G. Then though these souls in whom I joy 
Are Seraphins, Thou but a Toy, 
A foolish Toy, yet once more I 
Would with Thee live, and for thee die. 
 
 
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