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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IV. The Higher Life.  1904.
 
VI. Human Experience
Self-Inquiry
Isaac Watts (1674–1748)
 
LET not soft slumber close my eyes,
Before I ’ve recollected thrice
The train of action through the day!
Where have my feet chose out their way?
What have I learnt, where’er I ’ve been,        5
From all I have heard, from all I ’ve seen?
What know I more that ’s worth the knowing?
What have I done that ’s worth the doing?
What have I sought that I should shun?
What duty have I left undone?        10
Or into what new follies run?
  These self-inquiries are the road
  That leads to virtue and to God.
 
 
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