A GRACE BEFORE WRITING
On Filling an Ink-well
This is a sacrament, I think!
Holding the bottle toward the light,
As blue as lupin gleams the ink:
May Truth be with me as I write!
That small dark cistern may afford
Reunion with some vanished friend,--
And with this ink I have just poured
May none but honest words be penned!
---Christopher Darlington Morley (1890-1957)
Duc de la Rochefoucauld (1613-80)