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SURSUM CORDA, by            
First Line: After the comfortable words come there
Last Line: Lift up your hearts.
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


After the comfortable words come these:
"Lift up your hearts."
Before the altar he, we on our knees—
Lift up your hearts.
And powerless though we be then to obey,
The high command goes with us through the day:
Lift up your hearts.

From pondering earth's long mysterious woe,
Lift up your hearts.
With sacrifices filled to overflow;
Lift up your hearts.
Shame expiates the lifting up of sense—
The lifting up of mind is life's expense—
Lift up your hearts.

No goodlier; no more vital words may be—
Lift up your hearts.
In mirth, in loneliness, in agony.
Lift up your hearts.
Nay, show no sign in look, in voice, in word;
Answer, We lift them up unto the Lord!
Lift up your hearts.





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