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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By Time Flies. IV. “Weigh all my faults”

Christina G. Rossetti (1830–1894)

April 6

WEIGH all my faults and follies righteously,

Omissions and commissions, sin on sin;

Make deep the scale, O Lord, to weigh them in;

Yea, set the Accuser vulture-eyed to see

All loads ingathered which belong to me:

That so in life the judgment may begin,

And Angels learn how hard it is to win

One solitary sinful soul to Thee.

I have no merits for a counterpoise:

Oh vanity my work and hastening day,

What can I answer to the accursing voice?

Lord, drop Thou in the counterscale alone

One Drop from Thine own Heart, and overweigh

My guilt, my folly, even my heart of stone.