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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
The Worm
By Thomas Gisborne (1758–1846)
TURN, turn thy hasty foot aside,
  Nor crush that helpless worm!
The frame thy scornful looks deride
  Requir’d a God to form.
The common Lord of all that move,        5
  From whom thy being flow’d,
A portion of His boundless love
  On that poor worm bestow’d.
The sun, the moon, the stars He made
  To all His creatures free:        10
And spreads o’er earth the grassy blade
  For worms as well as thee.
Let them enjoy their little day,
  Their lowly bliss receive;
O do not lightly take away        15
  The life thou canst not give!

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