The Altar (1633) by George Herbert

A   broken   ALTAR,   Lord   thy   servant   rears,
Made  of  a   heart,   and   cemented   with   tears:
Whose    parts   are   as   thy   hand    did    frame;
No   workman’s   tool   hath   touch’d   the   same
A   H E A R T  alone
Is    such    a   stone,
As      nothing      but
Thy  pow’r  doth  cut.
Wherefore each part
Of   my   hard   heart
Meets  in  this  frame,
To  praise  thy  Name:
That  if   I   chance   to   hold   my  peace,
These stones to praise thee may not cease.
O let thy blessed SACRIFICE be mine,
And  sanctifie  this  ALTAR  to be thine.

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