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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
  
21. Clasping of Hands
By George Herbert  (1593–1633)
  
LORD, Thou art mine, and I am Thine,
If mine I am; and Thine much more
Then I or ought or can be mine.
Yet to be Thine doth me restore,
So that again I now am mine,        5
And with advantage mine the more,
Since this being mine brings with it Thine,
And Thou with me dost Thee restore:
  If I without Thee would be mine,
  I neither should be mine nor Thine.       10
 
Lord, I am Thine, and Thou art mine;
So mine Thou art, that something more
I may presume Thee mine then Thine,
For Thou didst suffer to restore
Not Thee, but me, and to be mine:       15
And with advantage mine the more,
Since Thou in death wast none of Thine,
Yet then as mine didst me restore:
  O, be mine still; still make me Thine;
  Or rather make no Thine and Mine.       20

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