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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
On a Sermon against Glory
By Mark Akenside (1721–1770)
 
  COME then, tell me, sage divine,
    Is it an offense to own
  That our bosoms e’er incline
    Toward immortal Glory’s throne?
  For with me nor pomp nor pleasure,        5
  Bourbon’s might, Braganza’s treasure,
    So can Fancy’s dream rejoice,
    So conciliate Reason’s choice,
As one approving word of her impartial voice.
 
  If to spurn at noble praise        10
    Be the passport to thy heaven,
  Follow thou those gloomy ways:
    No such law to me was given,
  Nor, I trust, shall I deplore me
  Faring like my friends before me;        15
    Nor an holier place desire
    Than Timoleon’s arms acquire,
And Tully’s curule chair, and Milton’s golden lyre.
 
 
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