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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.  1904.
 
Volume IV. The Higher Life
 
Introductory Essay
    Religion and Poetry by Washington Gladden (1836–1918)
 
I. The Divine Element—(God, Christ, the Holy Spirit)
    Song: “The year ’s at the spring” by Robert Browning (1812–1889)
    A Passage in the Life of Saint Augustine—Anonymous
    Meditations of a Hindu Prince by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall (1835–1911)
    Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)
    Hymn to Zeus by Cleanthes (331–232 B.C.)
    Te Deum Laudamus—Anonymous
    The Universal Prayer by Alexander Pope (1688–1744)
    Ode: “The spacious firmament on high” by Joseph Addison (1672–1719)
    Lord! when those glorious lights I see” by George Wither (1588–1667)
    Hymn before Sunrise, in the Vale of Chamouni by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)
    The Hills of the Lord by William Channing Gannett (1840–1923)
    Sunrise by Charles Tennyson Turner (1808–1879)
    God and Man by Alexander Pope (1688–1744)
    Light Shining out of Darkness by William Cowper (1731–1800)
    God by Gavrila Derzhavin (1743–1816)
    God is everywhere” by Robert Nicoll (1814–1837)
    Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep by Emma Hart Willard (1787–1870)
    Good-bye by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)
    Our God, our help in ages past” by Isaac Watts (1674–1748)
    A mighty fortress is our God” by Martin Luther (1483–1546)
    Delight in God by Francis Quarles (1592–1644)
    The Will of God by Frederick William Faber (1814–1863)
    The Voyage by Caroline Atherton Mason (1823–1890)
    The Love of God by Eliza Scudder (1821–1896)
    Praise to God by Anna Letitia Barbauld (1743–1825)
    Lead, kindly Light” by John Henry Newman (1801–1890)
    The Eternal Goodness by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)
    Strong Son of God, immortal Love” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
    O little town of Bethlehem” by Phillips Brooks (1835–1893)
    The Angels’ Song by Edmund Hamilton Sears (1810–1876)
    Epiphany by Reginald Heber (1783–1826)
    On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity by John Milton (1608–1674)
    A Christmas Hymn by Alfred Domett (1811–1887)
    Tryste Noël by Louise Imogen Guiney (1861–1920)
    The Flight into Egypt by Francis Sylvester Mahony (Father Prout) (1804–1866)
    Cana by James Freeman Clarke (1810–1888)
    The Lost Sheep by Elizabeth Cecilia Clephane (1830–1869)
    De Sheepfol’ by Sarah Pratt M’Lean Greene (1856–1935)
    The Good Shepherd with the Kid by Matthew Arnold (1822–1888)
    Two Sayings by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)
    A Ballad of Trees and the Master by Sidney Lanier (1842–1881)
    Stabat Mater Dolorosa by Jacopone da Todi (c. 1230–1306)
    Myrrh-Bearers by Margaret Junkin Preston (1820–1897)
    Litany by Sir Robert Grant (1779–1838)
    The Christ by Richard Chenevix Trench (1807–1886)
    Abide with me” by Henry Francis Lyte (1793–1847)
    The Disciples after the Ascension by Arthur Penrhyn Stanley (1815–1881)
    Wrestling Jacob by Charles Wesley (1707–1788)
    The Conversion of Saint Paul by John Keble (1792–1866)
    Rock of Ages” by Edward H. Rice
    Art thou weary?” by Saint Stephen the Sabaite (725–796)
    When gathering clouds around I view” by Sir Robert Grant (1779–1838)
    The Star of Bethlehem by Henry Kirke White (1785–1806)
    Love to Christ by Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)
    The Way, the Truth, and the Life by Theodore Parker (1810–1860)
    Knocking, ever knocking” by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896)
    To-morrow by Lope de Vega (1562–1635)
    I gave my life for thee” by Frances Ridley Havergal (1836–1879)
    Jesus shall reign” by Isaac Watts (1674–1748)
    Messiah by Alexander Pope (1688–1744)
    Dies Iræ by Thomas à Celano (c. 1200–c. 1265)
    My God, I love Thee” by Saint Francis Xavier (1506–1552)
    Veni Creator Spiritus by Saint Gregory (c. 540–604)
    Veni Sancte Spiritus by King Robert II. of France (972–1031)
    O Fire of God, the Comforter” by Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179)
    The Holy Spirit by Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
    Hope of the Human Heart by Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton (1809–1885)
 
II. Prayer and Aspiration
    What is Prayer? by James Montgomery (1771–1854)
    The Time for Prayer by Georgiana Bennett
    Seasons of Prayer by Henry Ware, Jr. (1794–1843)
    Exhortation to Prayer by Margaret Mercer
    Prayer and Repentance by William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
    The Caliph and Satan by James Freeman Clarke (1810–1888)
    Darkness is thinning” by Saint Gregory (c. 540–604)
    Praise by George Herbert (1593–1633)
    Prayer by Mary, Queen of Hungary (1371–1395)
    Desire by Matthew Arnold (1822–1888)
    Why thus longing?” by Harriet Winslow Sewall (1819–1889)
    Prayer and Answer by Oliver Huckel (1864–1940)
    The Aim by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts (1860–1943)
    The Love of God Supreme by Gerhard Tersteegen (1697–1769)
    In a Lecture-Room by Arthur Hugh Clough (1819–1861)
    From the recesses of a lowly spirit” by Sir John Bowring (1792–1872)
    The Higher Good by Theodore Parker (1810–1860)
    Ascription by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts (1860–1943)
    O Master, let me walk with thee” by Washington Gladden (1836–1918)
 
III. Faith: Hope: Love: Service
    Faith by George Santayana (1863–1952)
    The Fight of Faith by Anne Askewe (c. 1520–1546)
    Doubt and Faith by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
    My times are in thy hand” by Christopher Newman Hall (1816–1902)
    A Mystical Ecstasy by Francis Quarles (1592–1644)
    The Mystic’s Vision by Mathilde Blind (1841–1896)
    The Call by George Herbert (1593–1633)
    Hope by Thomas Campbell (1777–1844)
    A Query by Edmund Whytehead Howson (1855–1905)
    Humility by James Montgomery (1771–1854)
    King Robert of Sicily by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
    Service by Robert Browning (1812–1889)
    The Two Angels by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)
    The Self-Exiled by Walter Chalmers Smith (1824–1908)
    Sympathy by Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd (1795–1854)
    Sir Galahad by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
    Flowers without Fruit by John Henry Newman (1801–1890)
    Santa Filomena by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
    A Deed and a Word by Charles Mackay (1814–1889)
    Soggarth Aroon by John Banim (1798–1842)
    The Vision of Sir Launfal by James Russell Lowell (1819–1891)
    The Sister of Charity by Gerald Griffen (1803–1840)
    What I Live For by George Linnæus Banks (1821–1881)
    If we had but a day” by Mary Lowe Dickinson (1839–1914)
    Abou Ben Adhem by Leigh Hunt (1784–1859)
    Love by Charles Francis Richardson (1851–1913)
 
IV. Sabbath: Worship: Creed
    Sunday Morning Bells by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (1826–1887)
    Sabbath Hymn on the Mountains by John Stuart Blackie (1809–1895)
    The Sabbath Morning by John Leyden (1775–1811)
    The Poor Man’s Day by James Grahame (1765–1811)
    The Sabbath of the Soul by Anna Letitia Barbauld (1743–1825)
    Vesper Hymn by Samuel Longfellow (1819–1892)
    Vesper Hymn by Eliza Scudder (1821–1896)
    Amazing, beauteous change” by Philip Doddridge (1702–1751)
    The Word by William Walsham How (1832–1897)
    The Chimes of England by Arthur Cleveland Coxe (1818–1896)
    The Old Village Choir by Benjamin Franklin Taylor (1819–1887)
    A Lancashire Doxology by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (1826–1887)
    Rebecca’s Hymn by Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
    The Book of God by Horatius Bonar (1808–1889)
    The Meeting by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)
    The Living Temple by Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894)
    Of Hym that Togyder wyll Serve Two Maysters by Sebastian Brant (1457–1521)
    Religion and Doctrine by John Hay (1838–1905)
    Rabbi Ben Ezra by Robert Browning (1812–1889)
    The Religion of Hudibras by Samuel Butler (1612–1680)
    The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)
    On an Infant by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)
    What was his Creed?—Anonymous
    The Philosopher Toad by Rebecca S. Nichols (1819–1903)
    Her Creed by Sarah Knowles Bolton (1841–1916)
    My Creed by Alice Cary (1820–1871)
    Give me thy heart” by Adelaide Anne Procter (1825–1864)
    O, may I join the choir invisible!” by George Eliot (Mary Ann Cross) (1819–1880)
    O yet we trust that somehow good” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
    Day Breaks by Charles Mackay (1814–1889)
    My Home by Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
    Peace by George Herbert (1593–1633)
    Peace by Frances Ridley Havergal (1836–1879)
    Living Waters by Caroline S. Spencer
    Devotion by Philip Massinger (1583–1640)
    The Seaside Well—Anonymous
    Ultima Veritas by Washington Gladden (1836–1918)
    The End of the Play by William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863)
    The New Year by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
    Life by Jones Very (1813–1880)
 
V. Selections from “Paradise Lost”
    The Poet’s Theme by John Milton (1608–1674)
    The Temptation by John Milton (1608–1674)
    The Fall by John Milton (1608–1674)
    Intercession and Redemption by John Milton (1608–1674)
    Eve’s Lament by John Milton (1608–1674)
    Eve to Adam by John Milton (1608–1674)
    The Departure from Paradise by John Milton (1608–1674)
 
VI. Human Experience
    A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
    The Gifts of God by George Herbert (1593–1633)
    Duty by Ellen Sturgis Hooper (1812–1848)
    Ode to Duty by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
    Self-Inquiry by Isaac Watts (1674–1748)
    The Three Enemies by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)
    Said I not so?” by George Herbert (1593–1633)
    Nothing but leaves” by Lucy Evelina Akerman (1816–1874)
    The World by Frederick William Faber (1814–1863)
    The Cry of the Human by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)
    The Sifting of Peter by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
    Vanity—Anonymous
    Different Minds by Richard Chenevix Trench (1807–1886)
    My Recovery by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (1724–1803)
    The Ladder of Saint Augustine by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
    Saint Christopher by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (1826–1887)
    Scorn Not the Least by Robert Southwell (c. 1561–1595)
    The Right Must Win by Frederick William Faber (1814–1863)
    The Cost of Worth by Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819–1881)
    The Laborer by William Davis Gallagher (1808–1894)
    A True Lent by Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
    From “The Church Porch” by George Herbert (1593–1633)
    Briefs by Richard Crashaw (c. 1613–1649)
    Jewish Hymn in Babylon by Henry Hart Milman (1791–1868)
    Example by John Keble (1792–1866)
    Small Beginnings by Charles Mackay (1814–1889)
    The Rise of Man by John White Chadwick (1840–1904)
    I would I were an excellent divine” by Nicholas Breton (1545–1626)
    The Pastor’s Reverie by Washington Gladden (1836–1918)
    The Two Rabbis by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)
    Judge Not by Adelaide Anne Procter (1825–1864)
    To the Unco Guid by Robert Burns (1759–1796)
    Stone the woman, let the man go free”—Anonymous
    In Prison by May Riley Smith (1842?–1927)
    Conscience and Remorse by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906)
    Found Wanting by Emily Dickinson (1830–1886)
    Dallying with Temptation by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)
    Easy to Drift by Oliver Huckel (1864–1940)
    Frankford’s Soliloquy by Thomas Heywood (c. 1570–1641)
    Conscience by Juvenal (c. 40–125)
    The Foolish Virgins by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
    Up Hill by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)
    Per Pacem ad Lucem by Adelaide Anne Procter (1825–1864)
    On his Blindness by John Milton (1608–1674)
    The Martyrs’ Hymn by Martin Luther (1483–1546)
    The Pilgrimage by Sir Walter Raleigh (1554?–1618)
    The Master’s Touch by Horatius Bonar (1808–1889)
    The Faithful Angel by John Milton (1608–1674)
    Low Spirits by Frederick William Faber (1814–1863)
    I saw Thee” by Ray Palmer (1808–1887)
    Losse in Delayes by Robert Southwell (c. 1561–1595)
    The Seed Growing Secretly by Henry Vaughan (1621–1695)
    Patience by Paul Hamilton Hayne (1830–1886)
    Sometime by May Riley Smith (1842?–1927)
    Father, Thy Will be Done! by Sarah Flower Adams (1805–1848)
 
VII. Death: Immortality: Heaven
    The Prospect by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)
    The Lost Pleiad by William Gilmore Simms (1806–1870)
    Passing Away by John Pierpont (1785–1866)
    Lines found in his Bible in the Gate-house at Westminster by Sir Walter Raleigh (1554?–1618)
    My Ain Countree by Mary Lee Demarest (1838–1888)
    Coming by Barbara Miller MacAndrew
    Euthanasia by Willis Gaylord Clark (1808–1841)
    The Last Man by Thomas Campbell (1777–1844)
    When by Sarah Chauncey Woolsey (Susan Coolidge) (1835–1905)
    Burial of Moses by Cecil Frances Alexander (1818–1895)
    The Resignation by Thomas Chatterton (17527#150;1770)
    Only Waiting by Frances Laughton Mace (1836–1899)
    Hopefully Waiting by Anson Davies Fitz Randolph (1820–1896)
    Sit down, sad soul” by Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall) (1787–1874)
    It kindles all my soul” by Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski (1595–1640)
    Epilogue by Robert Browning (1812–1889)
    Crossing the Bar by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
    The Dying Christian to His Soul by Alexander Pope (1688–1744)
    Ode; Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
    Soliloquy: On Immortality by Joseph Addison (1672–1719)
    Edwin and Paulinus: The Conversion of Northumbria—Anonymous
    The Undiscovered Country by Edmund Clarence Stedman (1833–1908)
    Song of the Silent Land by Johann Gaudenz von Salis-Seewis (1762–1834)
    The Other World by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896)
    Heaven by Emily Dickinson (1830–1886)
    Thoughts of Heaven by Robert Nicoll (1814–1837)
    Nearer Home by Phoebe Cary (1824–1871)
    Meeting Above by William Leggett (1801–1839)
    My days among the dead” by Robert Southey (1774–1843)
    The Future Life by William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)
    Heaven—Anonymous
    The Two Worlds by Mortimer Collins (1827–1876)
    The Answer—Anonymous
    Forever with the Lord” by James Montgomery (1771–1854)
    To heaven approached a Sufi Saint” by Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207–1273)
    Matter and Man Immortal by Edward Young (1681–1765)
    Life by Philip James Bailey (1816–1902)
    Heaven by Jeremy Taylor (1613–1667)
    The Spirit-Land by Jones Very (1813–1880)
    Heaven by Nancy Amelia Woodbury Priest Wakefield (1836–1870)
    Tell me, ye wingèd winds” by Charles Mackay (1814–1889)
    Heaven by Isaac Watts (1674–1748)
    Peace by Henry Vaughan (1621–1695)
    Star-Mist by John Keble (1792–1866)
    The Ministry of Angels by Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)
    Saint Agnes by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
    Praise of the Celestial Country by Bernard de Morlaix (12th Century)
    The New Jerusalem—Anonymous
    Paradise by Frederick William Faber (1814–1863)
 
VIII. Selections from “The Divine Comedy”
    Inscription over the Gate by Dante Alighieri (1265–1321)
    Prayer by Dante Alighieri (1265–1321)
    Prayer of Penitents by Dante Alighieri (1265–1321)
    Man’s Free-Will by Dante Alighieri (1265–1321)
    Fire of Purification by Dante Alighieri (1265–1321)
    Sin and Redemption by Dante Alighieri (1265–1321)
    The Triumph of Christ by Dante Alighieri (1265–1321)
    The Saints in Glory by Dante Alighieri (1265–1321)

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