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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
 
Christus: A Mystery
Part II. The Golden Legend.
II. III. Elsie’s Chamber
 
Night. ELSIE praying.

ELSIE.
MY Redeemer and my Lord,
I beseech thee, I entreat thee,
Guide me in each act and word,
That hereafter I may meet thee,
Watching, waiting, hoping, yearning,        5
With my lamp well trimmed and burning!
 
Interceding
With these bleeding
Wounds upon thy hands and side,
For all who have lived and errèd        10
Thou hast suffered, thou hast died,
Scourged, and mocked, and crucified,
And in the grave hast thou been buried!
 
If my feeble prayer can reach thee,
O my Saviour, I beseech thee,        15
Even as thou hast died for me,
More sincerely
Let me follow where thou leadest,
Let me, bleeding as thou bleedest,
Die, if dying I may give        20
Life to one who asks to live,
And more nearly,
Dying thus, resemble thee!
 
 
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