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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
A Prayer
By Katharine Tynan Hinkson (1861–1931)
NOW wilt me take for Jesus’ sake,
  Nor cast me out at all;
I shall not fear the foe awake,
  Saved by thy City wall;
But in the night without affright        5
  Shall hear him steal without,
Who may not scale thy wall of might,
  Thy bastion, nor redoubt.
Full well I know that to the foe
  Wilt yield me not for aye,        10
Unless mine own hand should undo
  The gates that are my stay—
My folly and pride should open wide
  Thy doors and set me free
’Mid tigers striped and panthers pied        15
  Far from thy liberty.
Unless by debt myself I set
  Outside thy loving ken,
And yield myself by weight of debt
  Unto my fellow-men;        20
Deal with my guilt Thou as Thou wilt,
  And ‘Hold!’ I shall not cry,
So I be thine in storm and shine,
  Thine only till I die.

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