Филип Джеймс Бэйли (Philip James Bailey)
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Behold us spiritwise in heaven; unite In angel worship of the infinite God World destinative. Evil, all tempting, man Maligned, God vindicates himself, and prove Earth bettering through all ages, best the last; Ill's double attack permits, and names the strife Testful of evil and good that all shall close. The kind sweet offices hear of angel guard; The privileged joys of chosen souls, which choose Themselves, in God, all goodness; how perdures The spirit premortal and perfectible; awed, The final doom of things terrestrial, learn. Yet while from time's broad chart the accumulate dust Sweeping of vast eternity, and to heaven Opening his boon design, God all foreshows Accomplished, grieves one angel still; 'tis Earth's. An outline this of world--life which begun, Will end, and rightly, in heaven, and with God: God, too, i' the midst, substantive of the whole. Heaven. Deity. The Angelic Hierarchy Guardian Angel. Angel of Earth. Lucifer. God. Eternity hath snowed its years upon them; And the white winter of their age is come; The world, and all its worlds; and all shall end. Seraphim, worshipping. God! God! God! As flames in skies We burn and rise, And lose ourselves in thee; Years on years, And nought appears Save God to be. To us no thought Hath Being brought Towards thee that doth not move. Years on years, And what appears Save God to love? All thou dost make Lies like a lake Below thine infinite eye; Years on years, And all appears Save God, to die. Cherubim. As sun and star, How high or far, Show but a boundless sky, So creature mind Is all confined To show thee, God most high. The sun still burns, The sun still turns Round, round himself, and round So creature mind, To self's confined, But thou, God, hast no bound. Systems arise, Or a world dies, Each constant hour in air; But creature mind, In heaven confined, Lives on, like thee, God, there. Seraphim and Cherubim. Thou fill'st our eyes As were the skies, One burning, boundless sun; While creature mind, In path confined, Passeth, a spot thereon. God! God! God! Angel of Earth. I hear the beat of a strange, strong wing in heaven, Wild, inharmonious. Now it nears the throne. It is the spirit of evil. Woe is me! Woe to the earth, to man. What seeks he here? Lucifer. Ye thrones of heaven, how bright ye are, how pure! How have ye brightened since I saw ye first; How have I darkened since ye saw me last! What 'vails hell's murk abyss of fire, that cave Loathsome, of falsest oracles, where Ill's host Endure, inflict, or plot perdition; what, Air's ravenous heights I reign over, and roam Wreckful, tempestuous, with all lackeying plagues Vaporously impomped; in self--wrought agony, I The while, misglorying 'gainst these seats serene, On good based; with the incense canopied Of universal worship, echoing, round Heaven's templed dome, God's sun--words, lifeful aye? Yet must I work through world and life my fate; And winding through the wards of human hearts, Steal their incarnate strength. Death does his work In secret and in joy intense, untold; As though an earthquake smacked its mumbling lips O'er some thick--peopled city. But for me Exists not peace nor pleasure, even here, Where all beside, the very faintest thought, Is rapture. I will speak to God, as erst; If wrong, no matter. Wrong's mine instinct now. Father of spirit, as is the sun of air; Beginning of all ends, end of all means Essential, through the infinite whole; in whom Eternity, and all other attribute Perfect, of pure cause self--existent, is; Originator without all origin; end Without end; precreator of all ages; Being, above all being, God the life; Maker and perfector of all, the one; Thou too the way wherein the world proceeds From God, all making, and whereby returns The ever--generated universe; thou Who all worlds rulest in the law of light, Thy nature and their own; who art before All ages, angels blessèd times and worlds; Primal humanity of the Deity, self Unfolding, emanant first of natures pure; And thou the Eternal Spirit of Deity Sole sanctifier of things created; thou By whom, in part communion, separate soul Identifies its source with God, and ones Being and life and spirit; who all dost make, Destroyest, recreatest, makest God, God, one and trine, thou seest me here again; Still, sunlike, though eclipsed, of blinding power, And fiery cause, and everness of ill; Behold, I bow before thee. Hear thou me. God. What wouldst thou, Lucifer? Lucifer. The world--apple Shows dead ripe. It wants plucking. Touch it thou, Or I, and lo! the poor perfection falls. God. What may to thee seem perfect, here in heaven Far other showeth. Lucifer. Man through ignorance, first, And need of knowing, fell. Now, grown so wise, He thinks he lacketh nothing; no, not God. Science so self--sufficient shows, she makes Each day such vast advances through the world Inly and outwardly, that even now she aims Thee to dethrone; and miracles all disproven As fabulous breaches of eternal law, Not now nor ever possible, men to teach Her own more marvellous worship, and thenceforth Herself aye deify. God. All things to know Subordinate even to law, precludes not faith Towards one who every law first made, first willed. Lucifer. Faith I have missed from earth this many an age. Faith! Is she here? God. Faith is both there and here; Participant of divine ubiquity. Thy knowledge is defective. Still on earth Are those who, knowing most, the most believe. Lucifer. More like myself, who, knowing much, most doubt. God. Perfected from the first by grace divine The heaven--born spirit and pre--immortal, fraught With luminous fulness, though a moment dimmed By sin, not tarnished, knowledge conciliates With wisdom; both with faith. Were I once more, Future as passed to test by proof of one, Or many, thou'dst fail as heretofore. Lucifer. How fail? I deemed me passably successful there, In Eden once, and everywhere, since then, Where'er man's heart hath planned his Paradise. God. To finite mind, divergent from the light Eterne, it doubtless seems so, But in sight Of spirits who stand concentric with all truth, Howbeit of bounded gaze, like these thy peers, Who loved thee once, loved, monished, mourned in vain, Thy failure shows foreordered and complete. Lucifer. God I oppose; must, can opposal fail If foreordained? Then he appoints his own Failure in mine. Such failure seems success. Nought see I more. Can any further see? Let me accept the test. Or blessed, or cursed, All seems indifferent now, with thirst of power, Love, lore divine and human of all time, Been, being, or to be, nought made can quench, Save waters of celestial life which flow Hence, sunwards ever, a youth among the sons Of men, there is, I fain would have, given up Wholly to me. God. I know him. He is thine To tempt. Lucifer. I thank thee, Lord. God. Upon his soul Thou hast no absolute power. All souls be mine For aye. Lucifer. This means still, I may so torment With dubiety his conscience, ruining all Godward assurance; so with pleasures ply Passions and creatural vanities, his heart Trained downwards; with world--wisdom, and profound Knowledge of surfaces, so his spirit corrupt; Make proud with gifts stupendous; with all use Of mundane power inordinate, and forepledge Of superhuman privileges, his soul, That,--be it! I leave to thee the absolute. God. And I give thee leave to this that he may know My love than all his sin more; and to himself While proving nought save God can satisfy The soul he maketh great, prove both to thee, And to the world, faith peer of knowledge. Guardian Angel. Thanks For this, Lord! endless thanks and ceaseless praise. To know at hand truth's trial, trust in thee Strengtheneth; and proof of principle perfects Man's noblest resolutions for his own Or the world's weal, here, blessedly, at one. Lucifer. Thou, God, art all in one. Thine infinite Bounds being. Thou hast said the world shall end. The world is perfect as concerns itself, And all its parts and ends; not as towards thee. So man, unlikest, likest God of all Existence, thee resembleth as act, mind. In him of whom I ask, I seek once more To tempt the living world; and then depart. God. Time ceaseth. All the thousands of the chosen Called, counted, all the innumerous hosts of souls Of ages passed, their self--conditioned doom Fulfilling, hear, ye heavenly, on earth's end, And man's, my judgment. Mark this mortal soul, Many a long lustre working out his own Election, with success most variable, As seems; all souls else struggling in the flesh, Alike with him, shall, by one choiceful act Contemporary with nature's end, their fate Freely decide; and in faith's final fight, Spiritual, sole blessed, their meet reward attain. Who fail, fail not to expiate pains most just, Be sure, ere I, long--suffering, too, forgive. Who rightly choose make heaven; bliss instant theirs; Bliss ever. So shall mercy neither tax Grave justice with inequitable extremes; Nor justice mercy lawless call, e'ermore. Guardian Angel. Oh! who hath joy like mine,--joy first by me Felt, when in dim eternity, far back, From out thy boundless bosom, as a star In the air, that soul was kindled, Lord, and given To me through every age of world--life gone, To guard and guide; the while by spheral strains Amidst heaven's depths hailed, we both at thy feet fell In worship? joy of joys, now, e'er assured. Lucifer. Vaunt not thyself nor aught too hastily. Guardian Angel. Peace To you ye saints and angels let me speak; For ye, I see, rejoice with me. Ye know What 'tis to triumph o'er temptation; what To fall before it; how the young spirit faints; The virgin tremor, the heart's ebb and flow, When first some vast temptation calmly comes And states itself before the unequal soul, For conflict not prepared; prepared not even To entertain its semblance; as the sun Low looming in the west, startles the wave Of whimpling brook, which yet, its waters grown Aortal 'mongst earth's veins, shall mainward pour The riverine flood; full many a broadening league Of land o'ermantled. Than the Tempter's self Can be no greater peril. Less the shame Of yielding, more the glory of conquering, In him, this soul elect, of Ill so sought. Expert of time's accumulated tests Till now, earth given, his crowning trial comes; With mine, I trust, his triumph. Know, ye saints, From infancy through childhood up to youth Have I this soul attended; marked him blessed With all life's sweet and sacred ties; the love Prayerful of parents, pride of friends, health, ease, Prosperity, social converse with the good, The gifted, and a heart all lit with love, Like a summer sea aflow with living light. Hopeful and generous and earnest; rich In commerce with high spirits of all time, Knowledge and truth for their own divinest selves Loving; earth's deeds of glory tracking, now; Now conning wisdom's words, as, heaven inspired, In bright effectual ray the mind they tinge Of bard or sage, thenceforth for ever fixed. Morning and eve he,--as some hermit rock All earth's lone outguard, daily of the sea Takes baptism, and in the elemental rite, While over its head the tidal function pours Full--handed, gladdens; he, so, to serve his race And strengthen him for best aims, in praise and prayer Constant, for good asked, granted bliss, with heaven Joyed in commune. Thus, fraught with peace his days And studious nights, star--armied, or moon--crowned, In good, in joy, all radiantly elapsed; His grateful heart opening to the Lord of life Our spiritual sun, flowerwise. All this, long while I marked. A slow but palpable change at length His spirit eclipsed, from what o'ershadowing sphere Showed not to me; and I a fall from good Fatal and final feared. Lucifer. Regard me, friend. Deem'st thou I roam the earth for nothing now? Guardian Angel. An aching wish to know the world, I knew Lorded, latewhile, his spirit; ambition, love, Eldest of things, that dawn life of the soul, Youth's passionate pleasures and frivolities, all, Had thrown cross--lights, and dazed his once so clear Purview of life. Life's simple aims lacked zest. God's love seemed lost upon him. Oh! he grew Heart--deadened. Watching, warning vain, I fled Hither to intercede with God our Lord To bless him with salvation. Plead we may Always for those we love, by leave divine. And now thou summ'st all bounties, Lord! in him Choosing as test of human faithfulness, My ward, my charge. But, Lord! thou knowest the mould Of mortals, and the infinite end the souls Thou savest are all predestined to in heaven. So be thy mercy mighty to this soul Fiend--threatened; nor permit him, who presides O'er hell's eternal holocaust, too far To tempt or tamper with man's mutable heart. God. My mercy doth all outstretch the universe. Shall it suffice not for one soul? Lucifer. God's wrath Am I to myself; and for that wrath inheres In evil, am by him made to do my part. Angel, do thou thine: they be far enough Asunder. Guardian Angel. Are the heaven--strung chords of man's Immortal spirit for thee to wreck at will? Bear witness all ye blessèd to the word, Angels, intelligences, the sons of God; Ye who know nought but truth; nought feel but love; Save bliss, will nought; nought do save righteousness; Whose life was ere the heavens were yet conceived, The stars begotten, or all the ages born; Ye first who move all heavens, in whose great names God's name is rooted deepliest, though it live Germwise in all light's hierarchies; the crown, Of Deity; wisdom; and the intelligence; Kindness and strength and beauty, splendour, worth, Original and rule; and numbered, known Below by mystic seer of old, inspired, Ye many ordered sanctities, God's love, God's truth, God's justice; majesty his, his might, His dominance; glory, knowledge, bliss; all God's;-- And ye who, restless mid perpetual peace, Move watchful round the throne, ye burning seven; The virtue, power, salvation, fire and rest, Blessing and praise of God; ye all who rule Regions, states, kingdoms, races, families, tribes, Times, ages, seasons and cycles; elements, Systems and influences; material powers Mental and spiritual; ye too who bear Souls from the heavens to earth, from earth to heaven; Or ye whose life 'tis to present all souls Reborn to their Creator; or the skies Golden--globed search for junctures grace may bless; Ye through whose ministry of mercy, his Immediate, all sustaining, spirits and worlds Are governed and made blessed; ye who, the throne Sought, stirless stand, joy--tranced, and on your Lord Gaze, and in gazing gain divinity; ye Glad tenants all of the archetypal worlds, And spheres intelligible; and you, ye spirits Freed once on earth into the privilege born Of grace, God crowns all soul--redeemed with; yours Are the multitudes of testful stars; yours power For aye; progressive joy; ye are gods, and live, Divine, with God; bear witness all, that not More surely bliss with godliness dwells and ones, Than that, even spite of sin, man's purblind race Might, and they would, with you, while awed and raised, Recognise in time's scenes, though cloud--belts bar, In provident mystery, half its burning disk, The o'erruling power, through miracle tempering law, Which by our creature purposes worketh out Its deeds, and by our own deeds its purposes. Angels. Devoted spirit, proceed; bloom forth in act. The powers of heaven are with thee, and with vast Consent accept thy true, thy just appeal. Lucifer. God, for thy glory only it is I act, And for thy creatures' good. If lightning smite not, Nor serpent fang to achieve thy bounteous ends, I have lost since here the clue of things. Meanwhile The more of death--chilled venom one can pour Transfusive into careless nature's veins, The more, mayhap, thou wouldst. When creatures stray Farthest from thee, then warmest towards them burns Thy love, even as yon sun--star hotliest beams On earth, when distant most, or seems. God. The earth This soul indwells, this grain chose from life's sands, Dies with him; fine and sum of miracles, this; That spirit the most incredulous, demon, man, May know, who all doth, all sustains, can all Undo; and every law sphere--based, withdrawn; Each act of legislature divine, revised Perfective, by all Being's great Head, the whole Even yet may wholly cease. Lucifer. Lord! now go I To do thy will. So, he I have lighted on, seems Of the forechosen. But will their fate involve All men's? And if all man's, creation's, too? Knew I but this infallibly, not I Would thwart God's purposes, nor seek to wage War bootless with the Eternal of the heavens. Guardian Angel. Spirit depart, the secrets of the skies, God's counsels, it is not meet thou learn nor share. Lucifer. All wisdom speaks his will; all substance waits, All power performs; all spirits his ends fulfil. God. Hearing he understands not that he hears, Nor seeing sees. Nought wists he perfectly Who loves not God. Lucifer. Heaven's oracles in heaven Speechless, still doubt I. God. Who doubts only, exists Vainliest. Thou, too, who watchest o'er the world Whose end I fix, prepare to have it judged. Angel of Earth. Lord! let me not then have watched o'er it in vain. From age to age I have hoped, from hour to hour It would better grow, grow holier; hope so still. Better it is than once--hath more of mind, Freedom, good willingness; man's more man than erst. I love it more than ever. Thou gavest it me As a child ward. To me earth is as even To thee the boundless universe; nay, more, For thou couldst make another. It is my world. Take it not from me, Lord! Thou Son of God, Divine ideal of pure humanity, word Whereby the eternal Reason with itself, And with the world communes; word, safe to save All spirits impregned of Spirit Deific, thou Madest it the altar, whereon thou offeredst up Thyself for the creation. Let it be Immortal as thy love. And altars are Holy; and sister angels, sister orbs Hail it afar so titled. Oh! I have seen World questioned, comforting world; yes, seen them weep Each other, if but for one red hour eclipsed. And of all worlds most generous was mine own, The tenderest and the fairest. Lucifer. Knowest thou not God's Son, God's own humanity wherewithal The Maker suffereth evil, and partakes The sorrows of the world he hath made, knows, loves, Brother and friend of spirit everywhere? Or bound hast been to thy foolish world for aye? Angel. Star unto star speaks light, and world to world The password of all souls to God, the name Of God in us, repeats, word reunitive With Deity, worth all tongues in earth and heaven. Son of God. Think not I have lived in, died for, thine alone; And that no other sphere hath hailed me lord. In teaching, judging, saving worlds is spent Mine everlasting being. Lucifer. And earth he next Will judge; for so saith God. Angel of Earth. Be it not, Lord. Thou art a God of love and goodness. He, The evil of the universe, loves not earth, Not man, thy Son, nor thee. Lucifer. Love I not earth, Fair earth, well--zoned? Angel of Earth. Thou knowest best, Lord. Lucifer. Behold Now, all yon worlds. The space each fills shall be, And that right soon, its successor. Accept The trivial consolation. Angel of Earth. Earth, O Earth! Lucifer. It is earth shall head destruction. She shall end. The worlds shall wonder why she comes no more On her accustomed orbit; and the sun Miss one of his apostle lights; the moon, An orphaned orb, shall seek for earth for aye Through time's untrodden depths, and find her not. No more shall morn, out of the holy east, Stream o'er the amber air her level light; Nor evening, with the spectral fingers, draw Her star--sprent curtain round the head of earth; Her footsteps never thence again shall grace Heaven's blue, sublime. Her grave--Death's now at work-- Gaps deep in space. See tombwards gathering all The stars, in long procession, sad, night--clad; Each lights his funeral brand, and ranks him round. And one by one shall all yon wandering worlds, Whether in orbèd path they roll, or trail, Gold--tressed, in length inestimable of light, Their train, returnless from extreme space, cease; The sun, bright keystone of heaven's world--built arch, Be left in burning solitude. The stars, As dewdrops countless on the aethereal fields Of the skies, and all they comprehend, shall pass. The spirits of all the spheres shall all depart To their great destinies; and thou and I, Greater in grief than worlds, shall live as now. Angel of Earth. Thou knowest not the to--come. Lucifer. Who knows? 'Tis safe, For all that, to predict woe. Woe impends Always. Son of God. In hell's dark future that is writ Shall amaze yet man and angel. Angel of Earth. Spirit, hear! All heaven at thee shall peer. Lucifer. There, to thy earth. Angel of Earth. There's a blind world, dislumined late of God, Smote into blackness thrice of darkness, such As spreads where light, God's shadow, not is; by storms Of stars meteoric wrecked; and by base force Invert, of dissolute elements, dragged to the verge Of chaos, rolling round space utmost. There, The outcast of all being, good alone Lacking from every rudiment of things, Reigns ruin permanently; disaster sows, Decay reaps; naught aught fits; that, fit for thee If fit to be promoted out of hell-- Be thy world. Leave, leave me the lifeful earth; Home, shrine of every virtue, every law Spatial or spiritual God hath given the world. Stretch forth thy shining shield, O God! the heavens Over the prostrate earth, an armèd friend, And save her from the swift and violent hell Her beauty hath enchanted; from the woe Of love like his, Oh, save her, though by death. Lucifer. Go tell the earth, I come. Angel of Earth. Tidings of ill Announce, thyself. Be thine own fiend--spell, thou. Son of God. O'er all things are eternity and change And special predilection of our God. Thou, Lord, who souls createst as the sun clouds From the sea of spirit, Sire, thou, of man thy Son's Spiritual and bodily nature both; in whom Maker and made one Being make divine; Free, mediative; who aye in every world Payeth creation's penalties, the fines Of imperfection, ignorance, and the sins Such weakness leads to, and the original lack Of all consummate qualities; yet in all Is heir of God and nature, and in thee Attempering Deity with humanity, lives Ever and equality claims supreme in heaven With all divinity, thrice being purified; And you, blessed spirits regenerate now from taint Of ill--directed will, for whom--to prove God's self--exception arbitrary from law-- He hath founded for the world, from the first called, First chosen; and you the unnumbered throng to be Last in the infinite proof of spiritual life's Probational advance all time; for whom All heaven the fulness of its bliss reserves; Creator and created, witness, both, How I have loved ye, as God--natured life Can only, and suffer, not annulled. Let earth, And every orb, offspring of fire--fraught space, Perish materially: while lasts in spirit Creation's evil, prince of the world, 'gainst good Thine it will be to strive, I know; and though Not I, nor nature, wholly, neither, void Of the holy spirit prophetic, wist the end Of Being, yet fear I not for good's success Final, or in the skies, or earth's broad field, Or in these lists, delimited of one soul. God. Earth, when her Sabbath ends, in the high close Of order, shall not be. Lucifer. Now, heaven, farewell! Hell seems less terrible than is nothingness. God. Destruction and salvation are two hands Upon Being's face. When both unite, at close Of time's course hourful, death's dark day begins, Which yet shall dawn. Each orb to its end forefixed Exists; and earth, my creature, the elect Of worlds, ere all death stricken, but passed through fire, Renewed, made pure past primal innocence, Is saved. The world shall perish like a worm Upon destruction's path; the universe Evanish as a ghost that scents the sun, Yea, like a doubt before the truth of God; Yet nothing more than death shall perish. Then, Rejoice ye souls of God regenerated, Ye indwellers divine of Deity, know In him ye are immortal as himself. Angel. So shall the All in All be all in One. God. Know, angel--guard, thy charge from first ordained To prove his faith in God, that ultimately Wide fields of blessed salvation may be reaped Timely. Go, search the scroll of fate, thou wilt find, Writ in that holy and everlasting word, This soul forechosen, long tested, simpler made By wisdom, by rise humbler in belief, Outwaked doubt's night, revert in worthship here. And though so largely he knew, and all with him, Of nature's source, at last, the birth of things, Creation's laws and principles; knowledge gained Gradually, by wise behest; not less he loved, Not less believed, than when, in earlier years Of inscience, Auz' afflicted patriarch clave To my name submiss, in me self--justified. Heaven's secret this, till I permit, reserved, Even from himself, and he of man's race last. The Holy Spirit. And lo! I hallow him to the ends of heaven, That though he plunge his soul in sin, like a sword In water, it shall nowise cling to him. Souls are of God. All ends are known in heaven Ere aimed at upon earth. The child is chosen. Saints. Another soul the All--Holy One Hath chosen out of perishing earth; And when is done the life begun Throughout the whole shall heaven see none More joyful of the immortal birth. Guardian Angel. How is thy secret love adorable ever, Sole amiable, in whose eternal plans, Things not yet made re--rise, and sacred ends, Momentous, vast, lie hidden in certainty Transpicuous; howbeit nor seraph, saint, Nor I, knew, till this instant, with all heaven, That soul was saved. Praise God, ye blessed, with joy. God. Nor he, nor any soul were saved, had not The world's original evil, by my decree From all time framed, been capable of use, With good compatible. Evil is not a power By one mind miscreate, malevolent grown, Maugre my will, foisted into the world: But of defectible nature born, were't not Of greater ultimate gain than present grief, To soul free, answerable, or than could else Be, it had never been; rest sure. Let, now, Yon erring, infidel spirit, in act as doom Precipitate; there by angel eyeable scarce, So swiftlier than the wind hath he down sped; By me e'er seen through; who, deformity being Essential, every fount of life with death Embittereth, taints each separate birth with sin, And the soul--world fouls with self; so prompt to aid Creation's foes, destruction, death--his worst Dare; yet shall God, before even reason create, Show just; and sin's sire, false and faithless, learn Soul's progress due to free--willed strife 'gainst ill; Evil o'erruled to good, transmute to use Most fit whereby to administer the world, Spiritual; imperfect caused; but if without Free--will, of Being's amplest dignity void, How infelicitous; nor amenable ye, Intelligences, which people it. For not only To me, free sovereign of free servants, 'longs Necessity, but still holier liberty; both Offspring, twin--born of God, in whom abides All fulness, sole, perfection. So, in fine, Evil's constrictive knot from life's lithe limbs Released, sin expiate and abolished, all Shall with God's righteousness be satisfied. Thrones. Thou, God, art Lord of Being, and thy just thoughts Are high above the star--dust of the world; The spheres themselves are but as glittering noughts Upon these imperial robes, thy skies, impearled. Life's thousand thrones, mid spaces infinite, Beam joyous 'neath love's universal sight; We who thine ordered Thearchy divine Set forth, who with thy glow effluxive shine, We angel raylets gladden in thine interior light. Dominations. Between creation and destruction, now The lull of creatural action intervenes. God rests; and the world is working out its week. His hand is in his bosom, and at peace. But what was gradually create shall be Most suddenly unmade. That arm which now Slumbers upon his breast shall yet wave forth; And from the lightning pathway of his feet The aethereal web, world--studded, of the skies Like to the gossamer woof, beaded with dew, Stretched o'er the morning traveller's walk, shall pass Annihilate, and for ever. For behold! His oath uncancellable on heaven's altar rests; The whole shall end. All matter, erst conceived Of God the eternal, and the virgin void, The firmament of material worlds, shall cease; By spheres may be replaced of spiritual light; But thee, who hold'st in thine all--moulding hand The infinite as a ball, all worlds, or gross, With elements, or to spirit refined, shall serve Yea, o'er the universe aye omnipotent thou As over meanest atomie, reignest Lord. Powers. Thy might is self--creative, God: thy works, Immortal, temporal, or destructible, all, Ever in thy sight are blessed there. The heavens Thy bosom, o'er all existence stoops thine eye; The worlds thy shining footprints show in space. Princedoms. Eternal Lord! Thy strength compels the worlds, And bows the heads of ages; at thy voice Their unsubstantial essence wears away. Virtues. All--favouring God! we glory but in thee. Ye heavens, exalt, expand yourselves. They come, The infinite generations, all divine Of Deity, come, our brethren, come, our friends. Archangel. Thou who hast thousand names as night hath stars Which light thee up to mind finite, yet scarce Thy limitlessness illume, nor that abyss Of Being, wherein thy wondrous attributes Themselves constellate, Lord! thy light, the light We dwell in, shall at last, all times consumed, Fulfil the universe, and all be bliss. Angels. Thee, God of heaven, of all, we praise, Through our ne'er sunsetting days, And thy just ways, divine. In thine hand is every spirit; Cleansing pain, and meed of merit; All things souls and worlds inherit, Of thee all born, are thine. Not unto creatures be it given To scan the purposes of heaven, Alway just and kind; But before thy holy breath, All--quickening where it operateth, Life and spirit, dust and death, The boundless all is driven, As clouds by wind. God. Can God refuse this angel's innocent prayer? Fate learn to reconcile thyself with joy. Angel of Earth. Woe, woe, at last in heaven! Earth to death is given. The ends of things hang still Over them as a sky; Do what, do how we will, All's for eternity. God. Earth's angel--warden, lift thine head. Thy prayer Ungranted wholly, graceless yet falls not Back to its generous source. Thy love--task once Achieved, to guide that sphere's tempestuous life Through all vicissitudes, this reward be thine-- Thy ultimate hopes to know made truths; its mien Of beauty purified, she shall be known 'mong stars By the name of Peace; true end to godly strife 'Gainst evil, of good, which heaven with joy shall fill, And calm delights inviolable of love, Eternal, spiritual, love divine of God.
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