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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Time Flies.
IV. “Weigh all my faults”
By Christina G. Rossetti (1830–1894)
 
April 6

WEIGH all my faults and follies righteously,
    Omissions and commissions, sin on sin;
    Make deep the scale, O Lord, to weigh them in;
Yea, set the Accuser vulture-eyed to see
All loads ingathered which belong to me:        5
    That so in life the judgment may begin,
    And Angels learn how hard it is to win
One solitary sinful soul to Thee.
I have no merits for a counterpoise:
    Oh vanity my work and hastening day,        10
What can I answer to the accursing voice?
    Lord, drop Thou in the counterscale alone
One Drop from Thine own Heart, and overweigh
    My guilt, my folly, even my heart of stone.
 
 
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