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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

Impression take.

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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