Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE BARGAIN, by HENRY VAN DYKE

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THE BARGAIN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: What shall I give for thee
Last Line: Take thou my heart.
Alternate Author Name(s): Civis Americanus
Subject(s): God

WHAT shall I give for thee,
Thou Pearl of greatest price?
For all the treasures I possess
Would not suffice.

I give my store of gold;
It is but earthly dross:
But thou wilt make me rich, beyond
All fear of loss.

Mine honours I resign;
They are but small at best:
Thou like a royal star wilt shine
Upon my breast.

My worldly joys I give,
The flowers with which I played;
Thy beauty, far more heavenly fair,
Shall never fade.

Dear Lord, is that enough?
Nay, not a thousandth part.
Well, then, I have but one thing more:
Take Thou my heart.

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