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GOD Incomprehensible.

I.
1 FAR in the Heav'ns my God retires,
2 My God, the point of my Desires,
3 And hides his Lovely Face;
4 When he descends within my View
5 He charms my Reason to pursue,
6 But leaves it tir'd and fainting in th' unequal Chase.
II.
7 Or if I reach unusual height,
8 Till near his Presence brought;
9 There Floods of Glory check my Flight,
10 Cramp the bold Pinions of my Wit
11 And all untune my Thought;
12 Plung'd in a Sea of Light I roll,
13 Where Wisdom, Justice, Mercy Shines;
14 Infinite Rays in Crossing Lines
15 Beat thick Confusion on my Sight, and overwhelm my Soul.
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III.
16 Come to my aid, ye Fellow-Minds,
17 And help me reach the Throne,
18 (What single Strength in vain designs,
19 United Force hath done;
20 Thus Worms may Joyn, and grasp the Poles,
21 Thus Atoms fill the Sea,)
22 But the whole Race of Creature-Souls,
23 Stretch'd to their last extent of Thought plunge and are lost in Thee.
IV.
24 Great God; behold my Reason lies
25 Adoring; yet my Love would rise
26 On Pinions not her own:
27 Faith shall direct her humble Flight
28 Thro' all the trackless Seas of Light
29 To Thee th' Eternal Fair, the Infinite Unknown.

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    Title (in Source Edition): GOD Incomprehensible.
    Author: Isaac Watts
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    Horæ lyricæ: Poems, chiefly of the lyric kind. In two books. ... By I. Watts. London: Printed by S. and D. Bridge, for John Lawrence at the Sign of the Angel in the Poultrey. MDCCVI., 1706, pp. 16-17. [20],267,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T82397; OTA K067329.000) (Page images digitized by Internet Archive from a copy in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library.)

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