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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. III. The Eighteenth Century: Addison to Blake
The Acquiescence of Pure Love
By William Cowper (1731–1800)
[From the French of Madame Guyon]

LOVE! if Thy destined sacrifice am I,
  Come, slay thy victim, and prepare Thy fires;
Plunged in the depths of mercy, let me die
  The death which every soul that lives desires!
I watch my hours, and see them fleet away;        5
  The time is long that I have languished here;
Yet all my thoughts Thy purposes obey,
  With no reluctance, cheerful and sincere.
To me ’tis equal, whether Love ordain
  My life or death, appoint me pain or ease:        10
My soul perceives no real ill in pain;
  In ease or health no real good she sees.
One Good she covets, and that Good alone;
  To choose Thy will, from selfish bias free;
And to prefer a cottage to a throne,        15
  And grief to comfort, if it pleases Thee.
That we should bear the cross is Thy command,
  Die to the world, and live to self no more;
Suffer, unmoved, beneath the rudest hand,
  As pleased when shipwrecked as when safe on shore.        20

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