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Dead be my heart to all below,

To mortal joys and mortal cares! To sensual bliss that charms us so,

Be dark, mine eyes, and deaf, mine ears.

Here I renounce my carnal taste

Of the fair fruit that sinners prize : Their paradise shall never waste

One thought of mine, but to despise.

All earthly joys are over-weigh'd

With mountains of vexatious care; And where's the sweet that is not laid

A bait to some destructive snare ?

Be gone for ever, mortal things !

Thou mighty mole-hill, earth, farewell! Angels aspire on lofty wings,

And leave the globe for ants to dwell.

Come, Heaven, and fill my vast desires,

My soul pursues the sovereign good; She was all made of heavenly fires,

Nor can she live on meaner food.


Stand and adore ! how glorious he
That dwells in bright eternity!
We gaze, and we confound our sight
Plung'd in the abyss of dazzling light.

Thou sacred One, Almighty-Three,
Great Everlasting Mystery,
What lofty numbers shall we frame
Equal to thy tremendous name?

Seraphs, the nearest to the throne,
Begin and speak the Great Unknown:
Attempt the song, wind up your strings,
To notes untried, and boundless things.

You, whose capacious powers survey
Largely beyond our eyes of clayl:
Yet what a narrow portion too
Is seen, or known, or thought by you?

How flat your highest praises fall
Below the immense Original !
Weak creatures we, that strive in vain
To reach an uncreated strain !

Great God, forgive our feeble lays,
Sound out thine own eternal praise;
A song so vast, a theme so high,
Calls for the voice that tun'd the sky.


My crimes awake: and hideous fear

Distracts my restless mind;
Guilt meets my eyes with horrid glare,

And hell pursues benind.

Almighty vengeance frowns on high,

And flames array the throne;
While thunder murmurs round the sky,

Impatient to be gone.


Where shall I hide this noxious head?

Can rocks or mountains save? Or shall I wrap me in the shade

Of midnight and the grave?

Is there no shelter from the eye

Of a revenging God?
Jesus, to thy dear wounds I fly,

Bedew me with thy blood.

Those guardian drops my soul secure,

And wash away my sin : Eternal justice frowns no more,

And conscience smiles within.

I bless that wondrous purple stream

That whitens every stain :
Yet is my soul but half redeem’d,

If Sin the tyrant reign.

Lord, blast his empire with thy breath,

That cursed throne must fall; Ye flattering plagues, that work my death,

Fly! for I hate you all.


The Lord! how fearful is his name?

How wide is his command ? Nature, with all her moving frame, Rests on his mighty hand.

Immortal glory forms his throne,

And light his awful robe :
Whilst with a smile, or with a frown,

He manages the globe.

A word of his almighty breath

Can swell or sink the seas;
Build the vast empires of the earth,

Or break them as he please.

Adoring angels round him fall,

In all their shining forms; His sovereign eye looks through them all,

And pities mortal worms.

His bowels, to our worthless race,

In sweet compassion move;
He clothes his looks with softest grace,

And takes his title, Love.

Now let the Lord for ever reign,

And sway us as he will;
Sick, or in health, in ease, or pain,

We are his favourites still.

No more shall peevish passion rise,

The tongue no more complain ; 'Tis sovereign love that lends our joys,

And love resumes again.


Curs’o be the man, for ever curs'd,

That doth one wilful sin commit; Death and damnation for the first,

Without relief and infinite.'

Thus Sinai roars; and round the earth

Thunder, and fire, and vengeance flings ; But Jesus, thy dear gasping breath,

And Calvary, say gentler things.

Pardon, and grace, and boundless love,

Streaming along a Saviour's blood, And life, and joys, and crowns above,

Dear-purchas’d by a bleeding God.'

Hark, how he prays, (the charming sound

Dwells on his dying lips) forgive; And every groan and gaping wound

Cries, Father, let the rebels live.'

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