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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
Extracts from Hallelujah: The Prayer of Old Age
By George Wither (1588–1667)
 
[Third part of Hallelujah]

AS this my carnal robe grows old,
Soil’d, rent, and worn by length of years,
Let me on that by faith lay hold
Which man in life immortal wears:
    So sanctify my days behind,        5
    So let my manners be refined,
That when my soul and flesh must part,
There lurk no terrors in my heart.
 
So shall my rest be safe and sweet
When I am lodgèd in my grave;        10
And when my soul and body meet,
A joyful meeting they shall have;
    Their essence then shall be divine,
    This muddy flesh shall starlike shine,
And God shall that fresh youth restore        15
Which will abide for evermore.
 
 
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