The Elixir (Herbert)
Teach me, my God and King,
In all things Thee to see,
And what I do in anything
To do it as for Thee:
All may of Thee partake:
Nothing can be so mean,
Which with his tincture 'for Thy Sake,'
Will not grow bright and clean.
A servant with this clause
Makes drudgery divine;
Who sweeps a room as for Thy laws,
Makes that and th' actions fine.
This is the famous stone
That turneth all too gold;
For that which God doth touch and own
Cannot for less be told.
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