Let no bold Pray'r presume to rise
Title: A Preparation to Prayer
Primary Texts: MS's: F-H 283, 13-15; Folger, 198.
Secondary Ed: 1903 Reynolds prints Folger text, 214.
17C: 1696 Tate, 85-6.
Comment: There is an allusion to Hamlet, Claudius's "Words without thoughts, never to heaven go." Probably written in another moment of self-alienation and despair; it ends "How can'st thou hope, t'escape those forrain harms,/Who thus against thy welf, turn'st thy defensive arms?"
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