His Prayer to Ben Jonson

Original Text: 
Robert Herrick, Hesperides (London: for John Williams and F. Eglesfield to be sold by Thomas Hunt, 1648), of which a section called "His Noble Numbers: or, his Pious Pieces" has a separate title-page dated 1647. Facs. edn. Menston: Scolar, 1969. PR 3512 H4 1648A ROBA
1When I a verse shall make,
2Know I have pray'd thee,
3For old religion's sake,
4Saint Ben to aid me.
5Make the way smooth for me,
6When I, thy Herrick,
7Honouring thee, on my knee
8Offer my lyric.
9Candles I'll give to thee,
10And a new altar,
11And thou, Saint Ben, shalt be
12Writ in my psalter.
Publication Start Year: 
1648
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
3RP 1.204.
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