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Stokes? There I was, thinking it was Samuel Taylor Coleridge,(LOL) who also wrote odes such as:"Apologia pro vita sua" or his "Epitaph" written on 9th November 1833:
Stop, Christian passer - by! Stop, child of God, And read with gentle breast. Beneath this sod A poet lies, or that which once seem’d he. O lift one thought in prayer for S.T.C.; That he who many a year with toil of breath Found death in life, may here find life in death! Mercy for praise - to be forgiven for fame He ask’d and hoped, through Christ, Do thou the same!
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Learnt at school never forgotten
ABOU BEN ADHEM
Abou Ben Adhem, (may his tribe increase!) Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace, And saw,within the moonlight in his room, Making it rich and like a lily in bloom, An angel writing in a book of gold: Exceeding peace had made Be Adhem bold, ’What writest thou?’ The vision raised it’s head, And with a look made of all sweet accord Answered ’The names of those who love the Lord.’ ’And is mine one said Abou?’ ’Nay not so,’ Replied the Angel. Abou spoke more low, But cheerily still; and said, ’I pray thee then Write me as one who loves his fellow men.’ The angel wrote and vanished. The next night It came with awakening light, And showed the names who love of God had blest, And lo! Ben Adhem’s name led all the rest.