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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
And Do They So? Have They a Sense
By Henry Vaughan (1621–1695)
 
AND do they so? have they a sense
    Of ought but influence?
Can they their heads lift, and expect,
And groan too? why th’ elect
Can do no more; my volumes said        5
    They were all dull, and dead;
They judg’d them senseless, and their state
    Wholly inanimate.
    Go, go; seal up thy looks,
      And burn thy books!        10
 
I would I were a stone, or tree,
    Or flower by pedigree,
Or some poor highway herb, or spring
    To flow, or bird to sing!
Then should I—tied to one sure state—        15
    All day expect my date;
But I am sadly loose, and stray
    A giddy blast each way;
    O let me not thus change!
      Thou canst not change.        20
 
Sometimes I sit with Thee, and tarry
    An hour or so, then vary.
Thy other creatures in this scene
    Thee only aim, and mean;
Some rise to seek Thee, and with heads        25
    Erect, peep from their beds;
Others, whose birth is in the tomb,
    And cannot quit the womb,
Sigh there, and groan for Thee,
    Their liberty.        30
 
O let not me do less! shall they
    Watch, while I sleep or play?
Shall I Thy mercies still abuse
    With fancies, friends, or news?
O brook it not! Thy blood is mine,        35
    And my soul should be Thine;
O brook it not! why wilt Thou stop
    After whole showers one drop?
    Sure, Thou wilt joy to see
      Thy sheep with Thee.        40
 
 
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