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A TRUE HYMN [HYMNE], by             Poet's Biography
First Line: My joy, my life, my crown
Last Line: O, could I love! And stops; god writeth, loved.
Subject(s): Worship


MY Joy, my Life, my Crown!
My heart was meaning all the day,
Somewhat it fain would say;
And still it runneth, mutt'ring, up and down,
With only this, My Joy, my Life, my Crown!

Yet slight not these few words;
If truly said, they may take part
Among the best in art.
The finenesse which a hymne or psalme affords,
Is, when the soul unto the lines accords.

He who craves all the minde,
And all the soul, and strength, and time,
If the words onely ryme,
Justly complains, that somewhat is behinde
To make his verse, or write a hymne in kinde.

Whereas if th' heart be moved,
Although the verse be somewhat scant,
God doth supplie the want.
As when th' heart says, (sighing to be approved,)
O, could I love! and stops; God writeth, Loved.





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