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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
Prayer to Ben Jonson
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
WHEN I a verse shall make,
Know I have prayed thee,
For old religion’s sake,
Saint Ben, to aid me.
Make the way smooth for me,        5
When I, thy Herrick,
Honoring 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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