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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
  WHEN with the virgin morning thou dost rise,
Crossing thyself, come thus to sacrifice;
First wash thy heart in innocence, then bring
Pure hands, pure habits, pure, pure every thing.
Next to the altar humbly kneel, and thence        5
Give up thy soul in clouds of frankincense.
Thy golden censers filled with odors sweet
Shall make thy actions with their ends to meet.

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