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I am thy son, made with thyself to shine,
Thy servant, whose pains thou hast still repay'd,
Thy sheep, thine image, and, till I betray'd
Myself, a temple of thy Spirit divine.
Why doth the devil then usurp on me?
Why doth he steal, nay ravish, that's thy right?
Except thou rise, and for thine own work fight,
Oh! I shall soon despair, when I shall see
That thou lov'st mankind well, yet wilt not choose me,
And Satan hates me, yet is loth to lose me.
Oh! might these sighs and tears return again
Oh! make thyself with holy mourning black,
And red with blushing, as thou art with sin:
Or wash thee in Christ's blood, which hath this might,
That, being red, it dies red souls to white.
I am a little world made cunningly Of elements and an angelic spright; But black sin hath betrayed to endless night My world's both parts, and, oh! both parts must die. You, which beyond that heav'n, which was most high, Have found new spheres, and of new land can write, Pour new seas in mine eyes, that so I might Drown my world with my weeping earnestly; Or wash it, if it must be drown'd no more: But, oh ! it must be burnt; alas ! the fire Of lust and envy burnt it heretofore, And made it fouler: let their flames retire, And burn me, O Lord, with a fiery zeal Of thee and thy house, which doth in eating heal.
This is my play's last scene, here heavens appoint
My pilgrimage's last mile; and my race,
Idly yet quickly run, hath this last pace,
My span's last
inch, my minute's latest point ;
And gluttonous Death will instantly unjoint
My body and soul, and I shall sleep a space ;
But my ever-waking part shall see that face
Whose fear already shakes my every joint:
soul to heav'n, her first seat, takes flight, And earth-born body in the earth shall dwell,
my sins, that all may have their right, To where they 're bred, and would press me to hell.
At the round earth's imagined corners blow
Your trumpets, angels, and arise, arise
From death, you numberless infinities
Of souls, and to your scattered bodies go,
All whom th'flood did, and fire shall, o'erthrow ;
All, whom war, death, age, ague's tyrannies,
Despair, law, chance, hath slain; and you, whose eyes
Shall behold God, and never taste death's woe.
But let them sleep, Lord, and me mourn a space;
For, if above all these my sins abound,
'Tis late to ask abundance of thy grace,
When we are there. Here on this holy ground
Teach me how to repent; for that 's as good
As if thou had'st seal’d my pardon with thy blood
If faithful souls be alike glorified
As angels, then my father's soul doth see,
And adds this ev'n to full felicity,
That valiantly I hell's wide mouth o'erstride :
But if our minds to these souls be descry'd
By circumstances and by sighs, that be
Apparent in us not immediately,
mind's white truth by them be tried ? They see idolatrous lovers weep and mourn, And style blasphemous conjurers to call On Jesus' name, and pharisaical Dissemblers feign devotion. Then turn, O pensive soul, to God; for he knows best Thy grief, for he put it into my breast.
If poisonous minerals, and if that tree,
Whose fruit threw death on (else immortal) us,
If lecherous goats, if serpents envious,
Cannot be damned, alas! why should I be?
Why should intent or reason, born in me,
Make sins, else equal, in me more heinous ?
And merøy being easy and glorious
To God, in his stern wrath, why threatens he?
But who am I, that dare dispute with thee!
O God, oh! of thine only worthy blood,
And my tears, make a heav'nly Lethean flood,
And drown in it
That thou remember them, some claim as debt;
I think it mercy, if thou wilt forget.
Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those, whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poor Death ; nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy picture be,
Much pleasure then from thee much more must flow:
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.
Thou’rt slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
poppy or charms can make us sleep as well,
And better than thy stroke. Why swell'st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally;
And Death shall be no more: Death, thou shalt die.
Spit in my face, you'Jews, and pierce my side,
Buffet and scoff, scourge and crucify me;
For I have sinn'd, and sinn'd; and only he,
Who could do no iniquity, hath died:
But by my death cannot be satisfied
My sins, which pass the Jews' impiety:
They kill'd once an inglorious man, but I
Crucify him daily, being now glorified.
0, let me then his strange love still admire:
Kings pardon, but he bore our punishment;
And Jacob came, clothed in vile harsh attire,
But to supplant, and with gainful intent:
God clothed himself in vile man's flesh, that so
He might be weak enough to suffer woe.
Why are we by all creatures waited on?
Why do the prodigal elements supply
Life and food to me, being more pure than I,
Simpler, and further from corruption ?
Why brook'st thou, ignorant horse, subjection?
Why do you, bull and boar, so sillily
Dissemble weakness, and by one man's stroke die,
Whose whole kind you might swallow and feed upon ?
Weaker I am, woe's me! and worse than you ;
You have not sinn’d, nor need be timorous,
But wonder at a greater, for to us
Created nature doth these things subdue ;
But their Creator, whom sin, nor nature tied,
For us, his creatures, and his foes hath died.
What if this present were the world's last night?
Mark in my heart, O soul, where thou dost dwell,
The picture of Christ crucified, and tell
Whether his countenance can thee affright;
Tears in his eyes quench the amazing light,
Blood fills his frowns, which from his pierced head fell.
And can that tongue adjudge thee unto hell,
Which pray'd forgiveness for his foes' fierce spite ?
No, no; but as in my idolatry
I said to all my profane mistresses,
Beauty of pity, foulness only is
A sign of rigour; so I say to thee;
To wicked spirits are horrid shapes assign'd,
This beauteous form assumes a piteous mind.
Batter my heart, three-person'd God; for you
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;