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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Rose’s Diary (1850).
“Put not on me, O Lord! this work divine”
By Henry Septimus Sutton (1825–1901)
 
VIII.
SEPTEMBER.
PUT not on me, O Lord! this work divine,
For I am too unworthy, and Thy speech
Would be defrauded through such lips as mine.
I have not learn’d Thee yet, and shall I teach?
O choose some other instrument of Thine!        5
 
The great, the royal ones, the noble saints,
These all are Thine, and they will speak for Thee.
No one who undertakes Thy words but faints;
Yet, if that man is saintly and sin-free,
Through him Thou wilt, O Lord! self-utter’d be.        10
 
But how shall I say anything, a child,
Not fit for such high work,—oh how shall I
Say what in speaking must not be defiled?
And yet, and yet, if I refuse to try,
The light that burns for mine own life will die.        15
 
 
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