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First Line: Sacred attention! True effectual pray'r!
Last Line: Pure, unconsum'd, the faithful victim flames.
Subject(s): Mankind; Prayer; Human Race


SACRED attention! true effectual pray'r!
Thou dost the soul for love of truth prepare.
Blest is the man, who, from conjecture free,
To future knowledge shall aspire by thee;
Who in thy precepts seeks a sure repose,
Stays till he sees, nor judges till he knows;
Tho' firm, not rash; tho' eager, yet sedate;
Intent on truth, can its instruction wait;
Aw'd by thy powerful influence to appeal
To Heaven, which only can itself reveal;
The soul in humble silence to resign,
And human will unite to the divine;
Till fir'd at length by Heaven's enlivening beams,
Pure, unconsum'd, the faithful victim flames.





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