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

By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)

To Death

THOU bid’st me come away,
And I’ll no longer stay
Than for to shed some tears
For faults of former years,
And to repent some crimes        5
Done in the present times:
And next, to take a bit
Of bread, and wine with it:
To don my robes of love,
Fit for the place above;        10
To gird my loins about
With charity throughout;
And so to travel hence
With feet of innocence:
These done, I’ll only cry        15
God mercy, and so die.