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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Non Nobis
By Henry Cust (1861–1917)
 
NOT unto us, O Lord,
Not unto us the rapture of the day,
The peace of night, or love’s divine surprise,
High heart, high speech, high deeds ’mid honouring eyes;
For at Thy word        5
All these are taken away.
 
Not unto us, O Lord:
To us thou givest the scorn, the scourge, the scar,
The ache of life, the loneliness of death,
The insufferable sufficiency of breath;        10
And with Thy sword
Thou piercest very far.
 
Not unto us, O Lord:
Nay, Lord, but unto her be all things given—
May light and life and earth and sky be blasted—        15
But let not all that wealth of love be wasted:
Let Hell afford
The pavement of her Heaven!
 
 
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