|Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:|
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vol. IV: Literature of the Republic, Part I., Constitutional period, 17881820
|By Benjamin Allen (17891829)|
[Published Urania, or The True Use of Poesy, in 1814.]
FATHER of light and life! Thou good supreme!
| Thou art the guardian of my every hour:|
|Thy praise shall be my everlasting theme:|
| To thee I dedicate my every power.|
|Help me to love thee with a seraphs flame,|| 5|
| And to adore thee with a cherubs fire:|
|Let my rapt soul in notes sublime acclaim,|
| And ever to sublimer notes aspire.|