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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Praise to God
By Anna Letitia Barbauld (1743–1825)
 
PRAISE to God, immortal praise,
For the love that crowns our days:
Bounteous source of every joy,
Let thy praise our tongues employ;
 
For the blessings of the field,        5
For the stores the gardens yield,
For the vine’s exalted juice,
For the generous olive’s use;
 
Flocks that whiten all the plain,
Yellow sheaves of ripened grain;        10
Clouds that drop their fattening dews,
Suns that temperate warmth diffuse;
 
All that Spring with bounteous hand
Scatters o’er the smiling land:
All that liberal Autumn pours        15
From her rich o’erflowing stores:
 
These to thee, my God, we owe;
Source whence all our blessings flow;
And for these my soul shall raise
Grateful vows and solemn praise.        20
 
Yet should rising whirlwinds tear
From its stem the ripening ear;
Should the fig-tree’s blasted shoot
Drop her green untimely fruit;
 
Should the vine put forth no more,        25
Nor the olive yield her store;
Though the sickening flocks should fall,
And the herds desert the stall;
 
Should thine altered hand restrain
The early and the latter rain,        30
Blast each opening bud of joy,
And the rising year destroy:
 
Yet to thee my soul should raise
Grateful vows and solemn praise;
And, when every blessing’s flown,        35
Love thee—for thyself alone.
 
 
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