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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Penitence
By Edward Young (1681–1765)
 
                GREAT God!
Greater than greatest! better than the best!
Kinder than kindest! with soft pity’s eye
Look down—
On a poor breathing particle in dust!        5
Or, lower,—an immortal in his crimes.
His crimes forgive, forgive his virtues too!
Those smaller faults, half converts to the right.
 
 
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