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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
  
146. Hymn, after Gabriele Rossetti
By Christina Georgina Rossetti  (1830–1894)
  
MY Lord, my Love! in pleasant pain
  How often have I said,
‘Blessèd that John who on Thy breast
  Laid down his head.’
It was that contact all divine        5
  Transformed him from above,
And made him amongst men the man
  To show forth holy love.
 
Yet shall I envy blessèd John?
  Nay not so verily,       10
Now that Thou, Lord, both Man and God,
  Dost dwell in me:
Upbuilding with Thy Manhood’s might
  My frail humanity;
Yea, Thy Divinehood pouring forth,       15
  In fullness filling me.
 
Me, Lord, Thy temple consecrate,
  Even me to Thee alone;
Lord, reign upon my willing heart
  Which is Thy throne:       20
To Thee the Seraphim fall down
  Adoring round Thy house;
For which of them hath tasted Thee
  My Manna and my Spouse?
 
Now that Thy life lives in my soul       25
  And sways and warms it through,
I scarce seem lesser than the world,
  Thy temple too.
O God, who dwellest in my heart,
  My God who fillest me,       30
The broad immensity itself
  Hath not encompassed Thee.

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