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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
Last Prayer
By Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)
BEFORE the beginning Thou hast foreknown the end,
  Before the birthday the death-bed was seen of Thee:
Cleanse what I cannot cleanse, mend what I cannot mend,
  O Lord All-Merciful, be merciful to me.
While the end is drawing near I know not mine end;        5
  Birth I recall not, my death I cannot foresee:
O God, arise to defend, arise to befriend,
  O Lord All-Merciful, be merciful to me.
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