Edward Young

(June 1683 - 5 April 1765 / Upham / England)

Penitence Poem by Edward Young


Great God!
Greater than greatest! better than the best!
Kinder than kindest! with soft pity's eye
Look down -
On a poor breathing particle of dust!
Or, lower, - an immortal in his crimes.
His crimes forgive, forgive his virtues too!
Those smaller faults, half converts to the right.

Submitted: Friday, April 16, 2010

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