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English Poetry. John Dyer. Written at St. Peter’s. Джон Дайер.

John Dyer (Джон Дайер)

Written at St. Peter’s

O GRACIOUS Lord, forgive us; we are all,
All of us, sinners vile; But these, who build
Greatness upon their brethren's miseries;
Who scorn to make Thy meek and patient life
The pattern of their doings; yet put on
A day-dress of religion; hypocrites!
Who faiths absurd exact with fiery zeal;
And strive to thrall the tongue to their decrees,
Not win the spirit to the bond of love: —
God of our fathers, keep us from the ways
Of these foul hirelings. Less Thy glory pure
Seek they to magnify, than that of men:
For basest ends the simple they perplex,
And with the guise of learning, check the hope
That rises in their hearts from virtuous deeds.

John Dyer’s other poems:

  1. How to Shear Sheep
  2. My Ox Duke
  3. Down Among the Dead Men
  4. Ah Gentle Shepherd, Thine the Lot to Tend
  5. To Aurelia

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