Calcutta nr. 266
Oh heart suppose all this worlds affairs within your power
From end to end the world as you desire
And then on its face like snow in the desert
Two or 3 days resting & then understand yourself risen
The Worldly Hope men set their Hearts upon
Turns Ashes--or it prospers; and anon,
Like Snow upon the Desert's dusty Face,
Lighting a little hour or two--is gone.
O heart! suppose all this world's affairs were within your power,
And the whole world from end to end as you desire it,
And then, like snow in the desert, upon its surface
Resting for two or three days, understand yourself to be gone!
O heart, at thy will all the world bath of worth suppose;
With verdure adorned thy garden of mirth suppose
And thyself on that green, like dew, for a night set down.
And again on the morrow uprisen from earth, suppose.
O, Heart, suppose all worldly goods thy dower.
Adorned with verdure be thy pleasure's bower.
Then on that verdure like the dew at night
Resting, and vanished in the morning hour!