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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
Hymn

Richard Watson Dixon (1833–1900)
 
O LORD 1 my God, when sore bested
  My evil life I do bewail,
What times the life I might have led
  Arising smites me like a flail:
 
When I regard the past of sin,        5
  Till sorrow drown me like despair;
The saint in me that might have been
  With that I am when I compare:
 
Then grant the life that might have been
  To be in fact through penitence;        10
All my past years discharged of sin,
  And spent in grace and innocence:
 
And grant that I, when I forecast,
  And shrink in fear of coming things,
May take this comfort of the past,        15
  And lay it on my imaginings.
 
Note 1. Dixon. Hymn in ‘Posthumous Poems’. [back]
 
 
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