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Lo! from afar the promis'd day
Send down a chariot from above,
The heavens invite mine eye,
The stars salute me round; Fathe I blush, I mourn to lie
Thus grovelling on the ground.
My warmer spirits move,
And make attempts to fly; I wish aloud for wings of love
To raise me swift and high ;
Beyond those crystal vaults,
And all their sparkling balls; They're but the porches to thy courts,
And paintings on thy walls.
Vain world, farewell to you;
Heaven is my native air:
I feel my powers releas'd
From their old fleshy clod;
And set me near my God.
CARIST DYING, RISING, AND REIGNING.
He dies! the heavenly lover dies!
The tidings strike a doleful sound
In the cold caverns of the ground.
Come, saints, and drop a tear or two
On the dear bosom of your God, He shed a thousand drops for you,
A thousand drops of richer blood.
Here's love and grief beyond degree,
The Lord of Glory dies for men! But lo, what sudden joys I see!
Jesus, the dead revives again.
The rising God forsakes the tomb,
Up to his father's court he flies; Cherubic legions guard him home,
And shout him welcome to the skies.
Break off your tears, ye saints, and tell
How high our Great Deliverer reigns, Sing how he spoild the hosts of hell,
And led the monster Death in chains.
Say, live for ever, wondrous King!
Born to redeern, and strong to save! Then ask the monster, Where's bis sting?
And where's thy victory, boasting Grave?
THE GOD OF TAUNDER.
O Phe immense, the amazing height,
The boundless grandeur of our God, Who treads the worlds beneath his feet,
And sways the nations with his nod!
He speaks : and lo, all nature shakes,
Heaven's everlasting pillars bow; He rends the clouds with hideous cracks,
And shoots his fiery arrows through.
Well, let the nations start and fly
At the blue lightning's horrid glare, Atheists and emperors shrink and die,
When flame and noise torment the air.
Let noise and flame confound the skies,
And drown the spacious realms below, Yet will we sing the Thunderer's praise,
And send our loud hosannas through.
Celestial king, thy blazing power
Kindles our hearts to flaming joys, We shout to hear thy thunders roar,
And echo to our Father's voice.
Thus shall the God our Saviour come,
And lightnings round his chariot play; Ye lightnings, fly to make him room,
Ye glorious storms, prepare his way.
THE DAY OF JUDGMENT,
ATTEMPTED IN ENGLISH SAPPHICS.
When the fierce north-wind with his airy forces
Rushing amain down. How the poor sailors stand amaz’d and tremble! While the hoarse thunder, like a bloody trumpet, Roars a loud onset to the gaping waters
Quick to devour them. Such shall the noise be, and the wild disorder, (If things eternal may be like those earthly) Such the dire terror when the great Archangel
Shakes the creation : Tears the strong pillars of the vault of Heaven, Breaks
up old marble, the repose of princes; See the graves open, and the bones arising,
Flames all around 'em.
Hark, the shrill outcries of the guilty wretches ! Lively bright horror, apd amazing anguish, [lies Stare through their eye-lids, while the living worm
Gnawing within them.
Thoughts, like old vultures, prey upon their heart
strings, And the smart twinges, when the eye beholds the Lofty Judge frowning, and a flood of vengeance
Rolling afore him.
Hopeless immortals! how they scream and shiver While devils push them to the pit wide-yawning; Hideous and gloomy, to receive them headlong
Down to the centre.
Stop here, my fancy : (all away, ye horrid
Thron’d, yet adoring !
O may I sit there when he comes triumphant,
Shout the Redeemer.
THE SONG OF ANGELS ABOVE.
Earth has detain'd me prisoner long,
And I'm grown weary now :
There's nothing here for you.
Tir'd in my thoughts I stretch me down,
And upward glance mine eyes; Upward, my Father, to thy throne,
And to my native skies.