Grave concern

(Lord’s day). Lay long, however up and to church, where Mills made a good sermon. Here was a collection for the sexton; but it come into my head why we should be more bold in making the collection while the psalm is singing, than in the sermon or prayer. Home, and, without any strangers, to dinner, and then all the afternoon and evening in my chamber preparing all my accounts in good condition against to-morrow, to state them for the whole year past, to which God give me a good issue when I come to close them!
So to supper and to bed.

why sing or pray
without strangers

I am preparing my accounts
for the hole

which God is when I
come close


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Sunday 30 December 1666.

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