Beauty (Smart)

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Hymn XI. Beauty  (1771) 
by Christopher Smart
From the Hymns for the Amusement of Children (1771).
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                     HYMN XI.                     

BEAUTY.


For a Damsel.

Christ, keep me from the self — survey
      Of beauties all thine own;
If there is beauty, let me pray
      And praise the Lord alone.

5Pray — that I may the fiend withstand,
      Where'er his serpents be;
Praise — that the Lord's almighty hand
      Is manifest in me.

It is not so — my features are
10      Much meaner than the rest;
A glow-worm cannot be a star,
      And I am plain at best.

Then come, my love, thy grace impart,
      Great Saviour of mankind;
15O come, and purify my heart,
      And beautify my mind.

Then will I thy carnations nurse,
      And cherish every rose;
And empty to the poor my purse,
20       Till grace to glory grows.


1771

Notes

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