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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
23. The Elixer
By George Herbert  (1593–1633)
TEACH me, my God and King,
In all things Thee to see,
And what I do in any thing
  To do it as for Thee.
    Not rudely, as a beast,        5
  To runne into an action;
But still to make Thee prepossest,
  And give it his perfection.
    A man that looks on glasse,
  On it may stay his eye;       10
Or if he pleaseth, through it passe,
  And then the heav’n espie.
    All may of Thee partake:
  Nothing can be so mean
Which with his tincture, ‘for Thy sake,’       15
  Will not grow bright and clean.
    A servant with this clause
  Makes drudgerie divine;
Who sweeps a room as for Thy laws
  Makes that and th’ action fine.       20
    This is the famous stone
  That turneth all to gold;
For that which God doth touch and own
  Cannot for lesse be told.



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