The Bibliomaniac's Prayer
The Poems of Eugene Field, Complete Edition (Toronto: McClelland and Goodchild, 1910): 22-23. ROBA PS 1665 A2 1910. From Eugene Field, A Little Book of Western Verse (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1896).
1Keep me, I pray, in wisdom's way
2 That I may truths eternal seek;
3I need protecting care to-day,--
4 My purse is light, my flesh is weak.
5So banish from my erring heart
6 All baleful appetites and hints
7Of Satan's fascinating art,
8 Of first editions, and of prints.
9Direct me in some godly walk
10 Which leads away from bookish strife,
11That I with pious deed and talk
12 May extra-illustrate my life.
13But if, O Lord, it pleaseth Thee
14 To keep me in temptation's way,
15I humbly ask that I may be
16 Most notably beset to-day;
17Let my temptation be a book,
18 Which I shall purchase, hold, and keep,
19Whereon when other men shall look,
20 They 'll wail to know I got it cheap.
21Oh, let it such a volume be
23Large paper, clean, and fair to see,
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