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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
II. “‘Make us a god,’ said man”
By William Johnson Fox (1786–1864)
 
“MAKE us a god,” said man;
  Power first the voice obeyed;
And soon a monstrous form
  Its worshippers dismayed;
Uncouth and huge, by nations rude adored,        5
With savage rites and sacrifice abhorred.
 
“Make us a god,” said man;
  Art next the voice obeyed;
Lovely, serene, and grand,
  Uprose the Athenian maid;        10
The perfect statue, Greece with wreathèd brows,
Adores in festal rites and lyric vows.
 
“Make us a god,” said man:
  Religion followed Art,
And answered, “Look within;        15
  God is in thine own heart—
His noblest image there, and holiest shrine,
Silent revere—and be thyself divine.”
 
 
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