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Proceed who dares! I tremble as I write;
The whole creation swims before my sight;
I see, I see, the Judge's frowning brow;
Say not, 'tis distant; I behold it now :
I faint, my tardy blood forgets to flow,
My soul recoils at the stupendous woe;
That woe, those pangs which from the guilty breast,
In these, or words like these, shall be express’d.

• Who burst the barriers of my peaceful grave? " Ah, cruel Death! that would no longer save, “ But grudg’d me e'en that narrow dark abode, And cast me out into the wrath of God; “ Where shrieks, the roaring flame, the rattling

• chain, * And all the dreadful eloquence of pain, Our only song; black fire's malignant light, “ The sole refreshment of the blasted sight.

“ Must all those pow’rs Heav'n gave me to supply

My soul with pleasure, and bring in my joy, " Rise up in arms against me, join the foe, " Sense, reason, memory, increase my woe? And shall my voice ordain'd on hymns to dwell,

Corrupt to groans, and blow the fires of hell? “ O! must I look with terror on my gain, “ And with existence only measure pain?

~ What! no reprieve, no least indulgence giv'n, “ No beam of hope from any point of heaven! “ Ah, mercy! mercy! art thou dead above “ Is love extinguish'd in the Source of Love?

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“ Bold that I am, did Heaven stoop down to

" hell? Th’expiring Lord of life my ransom seal? “ Have I not been industrious to provoke? From his embraces obstinately broke? “ Pursu'd and panted for his mortal hate, “ Earn'd my destruction, labour'd out my fate? “ And dare I on extinguish'd love exclaim? Take, take, full vengeance, rouse the slack'ning

flame; “ Just is my lot-but O! must it transcend “ The reach of time, despair a distant end? “ With dreadful growth, shoot forward, and arise, “ Where thought can't follow, and bold fancy dies!

Never! where falls the soulat that dread sound? “ Down an abyss how dark, and how profound! “ Down, down, (I still am falling, horrid pain!) “ Ten thousand, thousand fathoms still remain? “ My plunge but still begun--and this for sin? « Could I offend if I had never been, • But still increas'd the senseless happy mass,

Flow'd in the stream, or shiver'd in the grass?

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~ Father of mercies! why from silent carth • Didst thou awake, and curse me into birth; Tear me from quiet, ravish me from night, " And make a thankless present of thy light? “ Push into being a reverse of thee, “ And animate a clod with misery?

“The beasts are happy, they come forth, and keep “ Short watch on earth, and then lie down to sleep, " Pain is for man; and O! how vast a pain “ For crimes which made the Godhead bleed in

“ vain! " Annulld his groans as far as in them lay, “ And flung his agonies and death away! " As our dire punishment for ever strong, “ Our constitution too for ever young, • Curst with returns of vigour still the same, “ Pow'rful to bear, and satisfy the flame; “ Still to be caught, and still to be pursu'd ! “ To perish still, and still to be renew'd!

“ Thou, who canst toss the planets to and fro, “ Contract not thy great vengeance to my woe; Crush worlds; in hotter flames fall’n angels lay; « On me Almighty wrath is cast away. “ Call back thy thunders, Lord, hold in thy rage, “ Nor with a speck of wretchedness engage:

Forget me quite, nor stoop a worm to blame; “ But lose me in the greatness of thy name. “ Thou art all love, all mercy, all divine, And shall I make those glories cease to shine? “ Shall sinful man grow great by his offence, " And from its course turn back Omnipotence?

Forbid it! and O grant, Great God, at least This one, this slender, almost no request: " When I have wept a thousand lives away, " When torment is grown weary ~ When I have rav’d ten thousand years in fire, “ Ten thousand thousands, let me then expire!"

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Deep anguish! but too late! the hopeless soul Bound to the bottom of the burning pool, Though loth, and ever loud blaspheming, owns He's justly doom'd to pour eternal groans; Enclos’d with horrors, and transfix'd with pain, Rolling in vengeance, struggling with his chain; To talk to fiery tempests; to implore The raging flame to give its burnings o'er; To toss, to writhe, to pant beneath his load, And bear the weight of an offended God.

The favor'd of their Judge in triumph move, To take possession of their thrones above;

Satan's accurs’d desertion to supply,
And fill the vacant stations of the sky;
Again to kindle long-extinguish'd rays,
And with new lights dilate the heavenly blaze;
To crop the roses of immortal youth,
And drink the fountain head of sacred truth;
To swim in seas of bliss, to strike the string,
And lift their voice to their Almighty king;
To lose eternity in grateful lays,
And fill heaven's wide circumference with praise.

But I attempt the wondrous height in vain, And leave unfinish'd the too lofty strain; What boldly I begin, let others end; My strength exhausted, fainting I descend, And choose a less, but no ignoble theme, Dissolving elements, and worlds, in fiame.

The fatal period, the great hour is come, And nature shrinks at her approaching doom ; Loud peals of thunder give the sign, and all Heaven's terrors in array surround the ball: Sharp lightnings with the meteor’s blaze conspire, And, darted downward, set the world on fire; Black rising clouds the thicken'd æther choke, And spiry flames dart thro' the rolling smoke. With keen vibrations cut the sullen night, And strike the darken'd sky with dreadful light;

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