Henry Charles Beeching, ed. (1859–1919). Lyra Sacra: A Book of Religious Verse. 1903.

By George Herbert (1593–1633)


SWEETEST Saviour, if my soul
  Were but worth the having,
Quickly should I then control
  Any thought of waving.
But when all my care and pains        5
Cannot give the name of gains
To Thy wretch so full of stains,
What delight or hope remains?
What, child, is the balance thine,
  Thine the poise and measure?        10
If I say, Thou shalt be Mine,
  Finger not My treasure.
What the gains in having thee
Do amount to, only He,
Who for man was sold, can see;        15
That transferr’d th’ accounts to Me.