Stanza Seven

Then while I eye the place thou hast prepared

For such as I, I’ll sing thy glory out

Until thou welcome me, as ‘tis declared

In this sweet glory running round about

I would do more but can’t. Lord help me do

That I may pay in glory what I owe.


He ends with a fairly straightforward prayer of anticipation and request for help to continue ot praise.

The sound pun on “Δ is clever: “while I eye”. We have three uses of the sound in three words. We have the repetition in the next line: “as I, I’ll”

To “eye” the place prepared, is to think about the place prepared by Christ. This is a reference to motto for the poem, John 14:2. Christ has told his disciples that he will be leaving, which has grieved them. He comforts them with the promise that he goes to “prepare a place” for them. Taylor takes that promise (which was not merely to the disciples then present), and looks upon that place in his mind’s eye.

That place is someone like the poet, who has already lamented his unworthiness before God. And yet, he has this promise: he will wait until Christ comes for him, “as tis declared.”

What can do but offer this poem as a means to give Christ glory,

Here is a key to understanding this poem:

I would do more but can’t.

He is looking about for how he can repay this graciousness? He cannot do anything but give glory to God by offering God praise. Which has been the point of the poem. And so he repeats his prayer from the previous stanza, requesting help from God to give praise to God:

                                    Lord help me do

That I may pay in glory what I owe.

The glory of praise does not increase the glory of God, and yet God permits the praise.

This prayer is not merely directed back to the instant praise and poem, but also requests future help. Obviously, this would include Taylor’s other poems, but it also speaks to all instances upon which he can praise.