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Henry Charles Beeching, ed. (1859–1919).  Lyra Sacra: A Book of Religious Verse.  1903.
 
Prevenient Grace
By John Keble (1792–1866)
 
DRAW near as early as we may,
  Grace, like an angel, goes before;
The stone is roll’d away,
  We find an open door.
 
O wondrous chain! where aye entwine        5
  Our human wills, a tender thread,
With the strong will divine;
  We run as we are led.
 
We, did I say? ’tis all Thine own,
  Thou in the dark dost Mary guide;        10
Thine angel moves the stone,
  Love feels Thee at her side.
 
 
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