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I got me flowers to straw Thy way; / I got me boughs off many a tree: / But Thou wast up by break of day, / And brought’st Thy sweets along with Thee.
Easter, ll. 7–10.
George
Herbert
Lyra Sacra: A Book of Religious Verse
 
Selected by Henry Charles Beeching
 
These 272 selections represent the greatest Christian poets.
 
 
CONTENTS
Bibliographic Record    Preface
 
SECOND EDITION, REVISED

LONDON: METHUEN & Co., 1903
NEW YORK: BARTLEBY.COM, 2011
 

Anonymous.  Be my comfort, Christ Jesus!
Prayer of Richard de Castre
Quia Amore Langueo
Geoffrey Chaucer.  
 1340?–1400.  
Virginibus Puerisque
Sir Walter Ralegh.  
 1552?–1618.  
Pilgrimage
Written in His Bible the Night before His Execution
Edmund Spenser.  
 1552?–1599.  
The Ministry of Angels
Easter Day
The Love of Christ
Sir Philip Sidney.  
 1554–1586.  
Sonnet: “Leave me, O love
Mary Countess of  
Pembroke.  
 1555?–1621.  
Psalm CXXXIX
Fulke Greville,  
Lord Brooke.  
 1554–1628.  
Faith and Works
Robert Southwell.  
 1561?–1595.  
The Burning Babe
Man’s Civil War
At Home in Heaven
Lost Grace
Samuel Daniel.  
 1562–1619.  
Faith and Form
Works
Henry Constable.  
 1562–1613.  
To St Margaret
William  
Shakespeare.  
 1564–1616.  
Soul and Body
Thomas Campion.  
 ?–1619.  
The Christian Stoic
Song: “Author of life
Song: “Never weather-beaten sail
A. W.  Dialogue
Though late, my heart, yet turn at last
F. B. P.  Urbs Beata Hierusalem
Anonymous.  The Invitation
The Heart’s Chambers
Confession
A Royal Guest
Sir John Davies.  
 1569–1626.  
Self-Knowledge
Self-Ignorance
Sir Henry Wotton.  
 1568–1639.  
The Character of a Happy Life
Hymn: “Eternal Mover
John Donne.  
 1573–1631.  
Four Sonnets: I. “Thou hast made me, and shall Thy work decay?”
  II. “As due by many titles, I resign
  III. “At the round earth’s imagin’d corners blow
  IV. “Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Litany
A Hymn to God the Father
Hymn to God in my Sickness
Good Friday—Riding Westward
Easter Day
The Cross
Christ the Judge
Crosses
Ben Jonson.  
 1573?–1647.  
An Hymn to God the Father
To Heaven
The Fortress of Mansoul
William  
Drummond.  
 1585–1649.  
A Hymn of the Resurrection
Faith without Works
Change should breed Change
No Trust in Time
Robert Herrick.  
 1591–1674.  
Litany
Eternity
To his Conscience
Lent
To Death
To find God
Upon God
Humility
Giles Fletcher.  
 1588?–1623.  
The Incarnation
The Passion
The Resurrection
Earth and Heaven
George Herbert.  
 1593–1633.  
From “The Church Porch”: Education
  Wealth
  Friendship
  Conduct
  Health
Praise
Sin
The Pulley
Man’s Medley
The Quip
The Collar
The Pilgrimage
Discipline
The Flower
The Elixir
Employment
Love
A Wreath
Bitter-Sweet
Easter
Dialogue
Church Music
Praise
The Bird
The Temper
Regeneration
Divinity
Francis Quarles.  
 1592–1644.  
False World
The Threshing Floor
The Foil
The Loadstone
Richard Crashaw.  
 1613?–1640.  
A Hymn of the Nativity
Christ when He died
God’s Love and Man’s
A Descant on the Twenty-third Psalm
To the Name above every Name, the Name of Jesus: A Hymn
The Dear Bargain
S. Mary Magdalene
A Hymn to S. Teresa
Upon the Book and Picture of the seraphical Saint Teresa
Sir William  
Davenant.  
 1606–1668.  
Life and Death
William Habington.  
 1605–1654.  
Nox Nocti Indicat Scientiam
Sir Thomas  
Browne.  
 1605–1682.  
An Evening Prayer
John Milton.  
 1608–1674.  
On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity
Morning Hymn
The Spacious Firmament
Upon the Circumcision
God’s Providence
On his Blindness
At a Solemn Music
On Time—To be set on a Clock-Case
Jeremy Taylor.  
 1613–1667.  
Hymn for Advent
A Prayer for Charity
Alexander Rosse.  
 1590–1654.  
Affliction
John Mason.  
 1646?–1694.  
A General Song of Praise to Almighty God
The Peace of God
Joseph Beaumont.  
 1616–1699.  
The House of the Mind
Henry More.  
 1614–1687.  
Resolution
The Philosopher’s Devotion
Richard Baxter.  
 1615–1691.  
The Exit
Andrew Marvell.  
 1621–1678.  
A Dialogue between the Resolved Soul and Created Pleasure
On a Drop of Dew
Henry Vaughan.  
 1622–1695.  
Mattins
Man
The Retreat
Etenim Res Creatæ Exerto Capite Observantes Expectant Revelationem Filiorum Dei
Desert
Love and Discipline
The World
Providence
The Rainbow
The Night
Departed Friends
The Dawning
John Bunyan.  
 1628–1688.  
The Shepherd Boy’s Song in the Valley of Humiliation
John Norris.  
 1657–1711.  
The Aspiration
Anonymous.  For Christmas
Litany
Thomas Traherne.  
 1637?–1674.  
The Ways of Wisdom
God’s Love and Man’s
Joseph Addison.  
 1672–1719.  
An Ode
Isaac Watts.  
 1674–1748.  
A Sight of Heaven in Sickness
John Byrom.  
 1692–1763.  
The Desponding Soul’s Wish
The Answer
The Soul’s Tendency towards its True Centre
Divine Epigrams
Charles Wesley.  
 1707–1788.  
Wrestling with the Angel
William Cowper.  
 1731–1800.  
Light out of Darkness
The Contrite Heart
Thomas Chatterton.  
 1752–1770.  
Faith
George Crabbe.  
 1754–1832.  
The Pilgrim
William Blake.  
 1757–1827.  
The New Jerusalem
The Two Songs
Auguries of Innocence
Divine Epigrams
William  
Wordsworth.  
 1770–1850.  
Ode to Duty
The Influence of Nature
An Evening Voluntary
My heart leaps up when I behold
It is a beauteous evening, calm and free
Written in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge
Truth and Change
Childhood and Age
Samuel Taylor  
Coleridge.  
 1772–1834.  
The Nativity
To his Child
On his Baptismal Birthday
Joy
Reginald Heber.  
 1783–1826.  
Praise
Hartley Coleridge.  
 1796–1849.  
The Just shall live by Faith
Prayer: I. There is an awful quiet in the air
  II. Be not afraid to pray—to pray is right
John Keble.  
 1792–1866.  
The Winter Thrush
The Watch by Night
Holy Baptism
Angels and Children
The Waterfall
The Voice of Nature
Prevenient Grace
Loneliness
Sowing and Reaping
The Power of Prayer
Penance
The Burial of the Dead
Felicia Dorothea  
Hemans.  
 1793–1835.  
De Profundis
John Henry  
Newman.  
 1801–1890.  
The Elements
Light in the Darkness
Deeds not Words
Chastisement
Separation of Friends
A Voice from Afar
Waiting for the Morning
Richard Hurrell  
Froude.  
 1803–1836.  
New and Old Self
Weakness of Nature
John Sterling.  
 1806–1844.  
When up to nightly skies we gaze
Richard  
Chenevix Trench.  
 1807–1886.  
The Kingdom of God
Not thou from us, O Lord, but we
Lord, many times I am aweary quite
A genial moment oft has given
Lines written after hearing some beautiful singing in a Convent Church at Rome
The Holy Eucharist
Prayer
Couplets
Alfred Lord  
Tennyson.  
 1809–1892.  
Immortality
Will
On a Mourner
Crossing the Bar
Elizabeth Barrett  
Browning.  
 1809–1861.  
Heaven and Earth
Work
Bereavement
Substitution
The Prospect
Robert Browning.  
 1812–1889.  
The Guardian Angel
The Boy and the Angel
The Creator’s Joy
Frederick  
William Faber.  
 1814–1863.  
The Sorrowful World
Sunday
Low Spirits
Thomas Toke  
Lynch.  
 1818–1871.  
Stars
Prayer
Inconstancy
Charles Kingsley.  
 1819–1875.  
A Nun’s Song
A Mother’s Song
Arthur Hugh  
Clough.  
 1819–1861.  
Old things need not be therefore true
Say not, the struggle nought availeth
Where lies the land to which the ship would go?
Matthew Arnold.  
 1822–1888.  
Desire
Morality
Thomas  
Blackburne.  
 1821–1859.  
An Easter Hymn
Coventry Patmore.  
 1823–1896.  
Magna est Veritas
Remembered Grace
Victory in Defeat
The Toys
Let be!”
Dora Greenwell.  
 1821–1882.  
In Spring the green leaves shoot
The Lesson
One Friend
Christina Georgina  
Rossetti.  
 1830–1894.  
A New and Old Year Song
From House to Home
The Will of the Lord be done
That where I am, there ye may be also
Sooner or later: yet at last
A chill blank world. Yet over the utmost sea
O foolish soul! to make thy count
A Vain Shadow
Frederic William  
Henry Myers.  
 1843–1901.  
S. Paul speaks
Gerard Manley  
Hopkins.  
 1844–1889.  
Barnfloor and Winepress
God’s Grandeur
Heaven Haven
Morning, Midday, and Evening Sacrifice
Hymn
Spring and Fall
Digby  
Mackworth-Dolben.  
 1848–1867.  
The Shrine
A Song of the New Jerusalem
Requests
Robert Louis  
Stevenson.  
 1850–1894.  
The Celestial Surgeon
The House Beautiful
George  
MacDonald.  
 1824–1905.  
Longing
Edward Dowden.  
 1843–1913.  
Ah, that sharp thrill through all my frame!
A speaker to God
Robert Bridges.  
 1844–1930.  
Joy
Since to be loved endures
When I see childhood on the threshold seize
These meagre rhymes which a returning mood
Pater Noster
Laus Deo
Francis Thompson.  
 1859–1907.  
The Hound of Heaven
Anonymous.  Dominus illuminatio mea


 
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