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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
To His Ever-loving God
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
CAN I not come to Thee, my God, for these
So very-many-meeting hindrances,
That slack my pace, but yet not make me stay?
Who slowly goes, rids, in the end, his way.
Clear Thou my paths, or shorten Thou my miles,        5
Remove the bars, or lift me o’er the stiles;
Since rough the way is, help me when I call,
And take me up; or else prevent the fall.
I ken my home, and it affords some ease
To see far off the smoking villages.        10
Fain would I rest, yet covet not to die
For fear of future biting penury:
No, no, my God,—Thou know’st my wishes be
To leave this life not loving it, but Thee.
 
 
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