Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. IV. The Higher Life
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IV. The Higher Life.  1904.
II. Prayer and Aspiration
George Herbert (1593–1633)
TO write a verse or two is all the praise
            That I can raise;
      Mend my estate in any wayes,
            Thou shalt have more.
I go to church; help me to wings, and I        5
            Will thither flie;
      Or, if I mount unto the skie,
            I will do more.
Man is all weaknesse: there is no such thing
            As Prince or King:        10
      His arm is short; yet with a sling
            He may do more.
A herb destilled, and drunk, may dwell next doore,
            On the same floore,
      To a brave soul: Exalt the poore,        15
            They can do more.
O, raise me then! poore bees, that work all day,
            Sting my delay,
      Who have a work, as well as they,
            And much, much more.        20

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