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Henry Charles Beeching, ed. (1859–1919).  Lyra Sacra: A Book of Religious Verse.  1903.
Lost Grace
By Robert Southwell (1561?–1595)
O GRACE, where is the joy
  That makes thy torments sweet?
Where is the cause that many thought
  Their deaths through thee but meet?
Where thy disdain of sin,        5
  Thy secret, sweet delight?
Thy sparks of bliss, thy heavenly rays,
  That shinèd erst so bright?
O that they were not lost,
  Or I could it excuse;        10
O that a dream of feignèd loss
  My judgment did abuse!
Yet God’s must I remain,
  By death, by wrong, by shame;
I cannot blot out of my heart        15
  That grace wrought in His name.
I cannot set at nought
  Whom I have held so dear;
I cannot make Him seem afar
  That is indeed so near.        20

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