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Poem by Edward Young


Penitence


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



Edward Young


Edward Young's other poems:
  1. The Wind from the West
  2. To the Right Hon. Mr. Dodington
  3. Socrates


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