SUBLIMEinvention ever young,
Of vast conception, towring tongue
To God th eternal theme;
from yon exaltations caught,
Unrivalld royalty of thought
Oer meaner strains supreme!
His muse, bright angel of his verse,
Gives balm for all the thorns that pierce,
For all the pangs
Blest light still gaining on the gloom,
The more than Michal of his bloom,
Th Abishag of his age.
He sang of Godthe mighty source
Of all thingsthe stupendous force
On which all strength
From whose right arm, beneath whose eyes,
All period, power, and enterprise
reigns, and ends.
Tell them, I am, Jehovah said
To Moses; while earth heard in dread,
And, smitten to the heart,
once above, beneath, around,
All Nature, without voice or sound,
Replied, O Lord, Thou art.
The world, the clustering spheres, He made;
The glorious light, the soothing shade,
champaign, grove, and hill;
The multitudinous abyss,
Where Secrecy remains in bliss,
And Wisdom hides
The pillars of the Lord are seven,
Which stand from earth to topmost heaven;
drew the plan;
His Word accomplishd the design,
From brightest gem to deepest mine;
From Christ enthroned,
For Adoration all the ranks
Of Angels yield eternal thanks,
And David in the midst;
good poor, which, last and least
In mans esteem, Thou to Thy feast,
O blessàd Bridegroom, biddst!
For Adoration, Davids Psalms
Lift up the heart to deeds of alms;
And he, who kneels and
Prevails his passions to control,
Finds meat and medicine to the soul,
Which for translation pants.
For Adoration, in the dome
Of Christ, the sparrows find a home,
And on His olives perch:
swallow also dwells with thee,
O man of Gods humility,
Within his Saviours church.
Sweet is the dew that falls betimes,
And drops upon the leafy limes;
Sweet, Hermons fragrant
Sweet is the lilys silver bell,
And sweet the wakeful tapers smell
That watch for early prayer.
Sweet the young nurse, with love intense,
Which smiles oer sleeping innocence;
the lost arrive:
Sweet the musicians ardour beats,
While his vague minds in quest of sweets,
flowers to hive.
Strong is the horse upon his speed;
Strong in pursuit the rapid glede,1
Which makes at once
Strong the tall ostrich on the ground;
Strong through the turbulent profound
Shoots Xiphias2 to
Strong is the lionlike a coal
His eyeball,like a bastions mole
His chest against the foes:
the gier-eagle on his sail;
Strong against tide th enormous whale
Emerges as he goes.
But stronger still, in earth and air,
And in the sea, the man of prayer,
And far beneath the
And in the seat to faith assignd,
Where ask is have, where seek is find,
Where knock is open wide.
Precious the penitential tear;
And precious is the sigh sincere,
Acceptable to God:
are the winning flowers,
In gladsome Israels feast of bowers
Bound on the hallowd sod.