• But Thee, but Thee, O sovereign Seer of time,
    But Thee, O poets' Poet, Wisdom's Tongue,
    But Thee, O man's best Man, O love's best Love,
    O perfect life in perfect labor writ,
    O all men's Comrade, Servant, King, or Priest, --
    What IF or YET, what mole, what flaw, what lapse,
    What least defect or shadow of defect,
    What rumor, tattled by an enemy,
    Of inference loose, what lack of grace
    Even in torture's grasp, or sleep's, or death's --
    Oh, what amiss may I forgive in Thee,
    Jesus, good Paragon, Thou Crystal Christ?

    Sidney Lanier (1999). “Poems of Sidney Lanier”, p.32, University of Georgia Press