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First Line: Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back
Last Line: So I did sit and eat.
Variant Title(s): A Dialogue Between God And The Soul
Subject(s): Bible; Christianity; Eucharist; Faith; Forgiveness; Grace; Jesus Christ; Love; Love - Marital; Religion; Sin; Communion; Belief; Creed; Clemency; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Theology

Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
If I lacked any thing.

"A guest," I answered, "worthy to be here":
Love said, "You should be he."
"I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear,
I cannot look on thee."
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
"Who made the eyes but I?"

"Truth, Lord; but I have marred them; let my shame
Go where it doth deserve."
"And know you not," says Love, "who bore the blame?"
"My dear, then I will serve."
"You must sit down," says Love, "and taste my meat."
So I did sit and eat.

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