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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

His Prayer to Ben Jonson

Robert Herrick (1591–1674)

WHEN I a verse shall make,

Know I have pray’d thee,

For old religion’s sake,

Saint Ben, to aid me.

Make the way smooth for me

When, I, thy Herrick,

Honouring thee on my knee

Offer my Lyric.

Candles I’ll give to thee,

And a new altar;

And thou, Saint Ben, shalt be

Writ in my psalter.