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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
Johannes Milton Senex

Robert Bridges (1844–1930)
SINCE 1 I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Man’s Maker and Judge, Overruler of Fortune,
’Twere strange shd I praise anything & refuse Him praise,
Shou’d love the creature forgetting the Creator,
Nor unto Him in suff’ring and sorrow turn me:        5
Nay how coud I withdraw me from His embracing?
But since that I have seen not, and cannot know Him,
Nor in my earthly temple apprehend rightly
His wisdom, and the heav’nly purpose eternal;
Therefor will I be bound to no studied system        10
Nor argument, nor with delusion enslave me,
Nor seek to please Him in any foolish invention,
Which my spirit within me, that loveth beauty
And hateth evil, hath reprov’d as unworthy:
But I cherish my freedom in loving service,        15
Gratefully adoring for delight beyond asking
Or thinking, and in hours of anguish and darkness
Confiding always on His excellent greatness.
Note 1. Robert Bridges. Johannes Milton Senex. From Oxford edition of Poems, p. 443. This shows the Latin scazon in English verse. [back]

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