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First Line: My soul is driven from the good I seek
Last Line: Death, wouldst thou help, if I should call on thee?


My soul is driven from the good I seek
And empty of the perfect love I crave.
I would I knew what god hath power to save,
And unto him mine anguish I would speak.
Not thou, Lord Jesus, loving men and meek:
Thee I can follow only to thy grave,
With hot, vain tears thy sacred wounds to lave,
I can not follow thee to Tabor's peak.
Not thou, dark Fate, to whom the wicked pray:
My will is better than my destiny,
And, though my life is bound, my love is free.
Nor thou, frail Venus, rising from the spray
And tasting of the bitter changeful sea;
Thy smile is idle on so sad a day.
Death, wouldst thou help, if I should call on thee?





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