Analysis of Matins, or morning prayer
Robert Herrick 1591 (London) – 1674 (Dean Prior)
When with the virgin morning thou dost rise,
Crossing thyself come thus to sacrifice;
First wash thy heart in innocence; then bring
Pure hands, pure habits, pure, pure every thing.
Next to the altar humbly kneel, and thence
Give up thy soul in clouds of frankincense.
Thy golden censers fill'd with odours sweet
Shall make thy actions with their ends to meet.
|Metre||1101010111 10111110 1111010011 11110111001 1101010101 111101110 11011111 1111011111|
|Closest metre||Iambic pentameter|
|Letters per line (avg)||36|
|Words per line (avg)||8|
|Letters per stanza (avg)||287|
|Words per stanza (avg)||62|
Submitted on May 13, 2011
Modified on March 05, 2023
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