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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. III. The Eighteenth Century: Addison to Blake
 
Extracts from Night Thoughts: Aspiration, from Night IV
By Edward Young (1681–1765)
 
O THOU great arbiter of life and death,
Nature’s immortal, unmaterial sun,
Whose all-prolific beam late call’d me forth
From darkness, teeming darkness where I lay,
The worm’s inferior, and in rank beneath        5
The dust I tread on, high to bear my brow,
To drink the spirit of the golden day,
And triumph in existence; and could know
No motive, but my bliss; and hast ordain’d
A rise in blessing, with the patriarch’s joy,        10
Thy call I follow to the land unknown.
I trust in thee and know in whom I trust;
Or life, or death, is equal; neither weighs:
All weight in this—O let me live to thee!
 
 
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