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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889


By Benjamin Allen (1789–1829)

[Published “Urania, or The True Use of Poesy,” in 1814.]

FATHER of light and life! Thou good supreme!

Thou art the guardian of my every hour:

Thy praise shall be my everlasting theme:

To thee I dedicate my every power.

Help me to love thee with a seraph’s flame,

And to adore thee with a cherub’s fire:

Let my rapt soul in notes sublime acclaim,

And ever to sublimer notes aspire.