Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, BEGGING (1), by HENRY VAUGHAN



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First Line: King of mercy, king of love
Last Line: O my god, let it be thine!
Alternate Author Name(s): Silurist


King of Mercy, King of Love,
In whom I live, in whom I move,
Perfect what thou hast begun,
Let no night put out this Sun;
Grant I may, my chief desire!
Long for thee, to thee aspire,
Let my youth, my bloom of days
Be my comfort and thy praise,
That hereafter, when I look
O'er the sullied, sinful book,
I may find thy hand therein
Wiping out my shame and sin.
O it is thy only Art
To reduce a stubborn heart,
And since thine is victory,
Strongholds should belong to thee;
Lord then take it, leave it not
Unto my dispose or lot,
But since I would not have it mine,
O my God, let it be thine!





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