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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
The Rivulet (1871).
VI. “O, break my heart”
By Thomas Toke Lynch (1818–1871)
 
O, BREAK my heart; but break it as a field
Is by the plough up-broken for the corn:
O, break it as the buds, by green leaf sealed,
  Are, to unloose the golden blossom, torn:
Love would I offer unto love’s great Master,        5
Set free the odour, break the alabaster.
 
O, break my heart; break it, victorious God,
That life’s eternal well may flash abroad:
O, let it break as when the captive trees,
Breaking cold bonds, regain their liberties:        10
And as thought’s sacred grove to life is springing,
Be joys, like birds, their hope Thy victory singing.
 
 
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