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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
His Prayer to Ben Jonson
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
WHEN I a verse shall make,
  Know I have pray’d thee,
For old religion’s sake,
  Saint Ben, to aid me.
Make the way smooth for me        5
  When, I, thy Herrick,
Honouring thee on my knee
  Offer my Lyric.
Candles I’ll give to thee,
  And a new altar;        10
And thou, Saint Ben, shalt be
  Writ in my psalter.

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