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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
30. A Song
By Richard Crashaw  (?1613–1649)
LORD, when the sense of thy sweet grace
  Sends up my soul to seek thy face.
Thy blessed eyes breed such desire,
I dy in love’s delicious Fire.
  O love, I am thy Sacrifice.        5
Be still triumphant, blessed eyes.
Still shine on me, fair suns! that I
Still may behold, though still I dy.
    Though still I dy, I live again;
Still longing so to be still slain,       10
So gainfull is such losse of breath.
I dy even in desire of death.
  Still live in me this loving strife
Of living Death and dying Life.
For while thou sweetly slayest me       15
Dead to my selfe, I live in Thee.



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