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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
Hymn to God, my God, in my Sickness
By John Donne (1572–1631)
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SINCE I am coming to that holy room,
  Where with the choir of saints forevermore
I shall be made thy music, as I come
  I tune the instrument here at the door,
And what I must do then, think here before.        5
We think that Paradise and Calvary,
  Christ’s cross and Adam’s tree, stood in one place:
Look, Lord, and find both Adams met in me;
  As the first Adam’s sweat surrounds my face,
May the last Adam’s blood my soul embrace.        10
So, in his purple wrapped, receive me, Lord;
  By these his thorns give me his other crown;
And as to others’ souls I preached thy word,
  Be this my text, my sermon to mine own:
Therefore, that he may raise, the Lord throws down.        15

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