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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XI. O Come Quickly
To Death
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
THOU bidd’st me come away,
And I’ll no longer stay
Than for to shed some tears
For faults of former years;
And to repent some crimes,        5
Done in the present times:
And next, to take a bit
Of bread, and wine with it:
To don my robes of love,
Fit for the place above;        10
To gird my loins about
With charity throughout;
And so to travel hence
With feet of innocence:
These done, I’ll only cry,        15
‘God, mercy!’ and so die.
 
 
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