Sursum Corda

‘Lift up your hearts’ ‘We lift them up.’ Ah me!
I cannot, Lord, lift up my heart to Thee :
Stoop, lift it up, that where Thou art
          I too may be.

‘Give Me thy heart.’ I would not say Thee nay,
But have no power to keep or give away
My heart : stoop, Lord, and take it
          to Thyself to-day.

Stoop, Lord, as once before, now once anew ;
Stoop, Lord, and hearken, hearken, Lord, and do,
And take my will, and take my heart,
          and take me too.

Christina Georgina Rossetti. Before 1886.

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