They gave to thee
Myrrh, frankincense and gold
But Lord, with what should we
Present ourselves before thy majesty?
Whom thou redeemst when we were sold?
We’ve nothing but ourselves, and scarce that neither;
Vile dirt and clay;
Yet it is soft, and may
Accept it, Lord, and say, this thou hadst rather;
Stamp it, and on this sordid metal make
Thy holy image, and it shall outshine
The beauty of the golden mine.
from ‘The Offering’ by Jeremy Taylor (1613 – 1667)
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