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ONCE IN A SAINTLY PASSION

Once in a saintly passion
  I cried with desperate grief,
"O Lord, my heart is black with guile,
   Of sinners I am chief."
 Then stooped my guardian angel
   And whispered from behind,
 "Vanity, my little man,
   You're nothing of the kind."
 

1869

 

 

 

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