Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, CHEERFULNESS, by HENRY VAUGHAN

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CHEERFULNESS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Lord, with what courage and delight
Last Line: Of hallelujahs here below.
Alternate Author Name(s): Silurist

Lord, with what courage and delight
I do each thing
When thy least breath sustains my wing!
I shine and move
Like those above,
And (with much gladness
Quitting sadness)
Make me fair days of every night.


Affliction thus, mere pleasure is,
And hap what will,
If thou be in't, 'tis welcome still;
But since thy rays
In sunny days
Thou dost thus lend
And freely spend,
Ah! what shall I return for this?


O that I were all Soul! that thou
Wouldst make each part
Of this poor, sinful frame pure heart!
Then would I drown
My single one,
And to thy praise
A consort raise
Of Hallelujahs here below.

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