The Altar

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The Altar
by George Herbert

A broken Altar, Lord, thy servant rears,
Made of a heart, and cemented with tears:
 Whose parts are as thy hand did frame;
 No workman's tool hath touched the same.
             A Heart alone
             Is such a stone,
             As nothing but
             Thy pow'r doth cut.
             Wherefore each part
             Of my hard heart
             Meets in this frame,
             To praise thy name:
 That if I chance to hold my peace,
 These stones to praise thee may not cease.
O let thy blessed Sacrifice be mine,
And sanctify this Altar to be thine.

This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.