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The Bibliomaniac's Prayer

Eugene Field 1850 (St. Louis) – 1895 (Chicago)

Keep me, I pray, in wisdom's way
  That I may truths eternal seek;
  I need protecting care to-day,--
  My purse is light, my flesh is weak.
  So banish from my erring heart
  All baleful appetites and hints
  Of Satan's fascinating art,
  Of first editions, and of prints.
  Direct me in some godly walk
  Which leads away from bookish strife,
  That I with pious deed and talk
  May extra-illustrate my life.
  But if, O Lord, it pleaseth Thee
  To keep me in temptation's way,
  I humbly ask that I may be
  Most notably beset to-day;
  Let my temptation be a book,
  Which I shall purchase, hold, and keep,
  Whereon when other men shall look,
  They 'll wail to know I got it cheap.
  Oh, let it such a volume be
  As in rare copperplates abounds,
  Large paper, clean, and fair to see,
  Uncut, unique, unknown to Lowndes.

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Eugene Field

Eugene Field, Sr. was an American writer, best known for his children's poetry and humorous essays. more…

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