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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
A Thanksgiving
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
LORD, thou hast given me a cell
        Wherein to dwell;
A little house, whose humble roof
        Is weather-proof;
Under the spars of which I lie        5
        Both soft and dry.
Where thou, my chamber for to ward,
        Hast set a guard
Of harmless thoughts, to watch and keep
        Me while I sleep.        10
Low is my porch, as is my fate,
        Both void of state;
And yet the threshold of my door
        Is worn by the poor,
Who hither come, and freely get        15
        Good words or meat.
Like as my parlor, so my hall,
        And kitchen small;
A little buttery, and therein
        A little bin,        20
Which keeps my little loaf of bread
        Unchipt, unflead.
Some brittle sticks of thorn or brier
        Make me a fire.
Close by whose living coal I sit,        25
        And glow like it.
Lord, I confess, too, when I dine,
        The pulse is thine,
And all those other bits that be
        There placed by thee:        30
The worts, the purslane, and the mess
        Of water-cress,
Which of thy kindness thou hast sent;
        And my content
Makes those, and my belovèd beet,        35
        To be more sweet.
’Tis thou that crown’st my glittering hearth
        With guiltless mirth;
And giv’st me wassail bowls to drink,
        Spiced to the brink.        40
Lord, ’tis thy plenty-dropping hand
        That sows my land;
All this, and better, dost thou send
        Me for this end:
That I should render for my part        45
        A thankful heart,
Which, fired with incense, I resign
        As wholly thine;
But the acceptance—that must be
        O Lord, by thee.        50
 
 
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