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THE Day of Judgment.

An ODE, Attempted in English Sapphick.

1 WHEN the Fierce North-wind with his Airy Forces
2 Rears up the Baltick to a foaming Fury,
3 And the red Lightning with a Storm of Hail comes
4 Rushing amain down,
5 How the poor Sailers stand amaz'd and tremble!
6 While the hoarse Thunder like a Bloody Trumpet
7 Roars a loud onset to the gaping Waters
8 Quick to devour them.
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9 Such shall the Noise be and the Wild disorder,
10 (If things Eternal may be like these Earthly)
11 Such the dire Terror when the great Archangel
12 Shakes the Creation,
13 Tears the strong Pillars of the Vault of Heaven,
14 Breaks up old Marble the Repose of Princes;
15 See the Graves open, and the Bones arising,
16 Flames all around 'em.
17 Hark the shrill Out-cries of the Guilty Wretches!
18 Lively bright Horror and amazing Anguish
19 Stare thro' their Eyelids, while the living Worm lies
20 Gnawing within them.
21 Thoughts like old Vultures prey upon their Heartstrings,
22 And the smart twinges, when their Eye beholds the
23 Lofty Judge frowning, and a Flood of Vengeance
24 Rolling afore him.
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25 Hopeless Immortals! how they scream and shiver
26 While Devils push them to the Pit wide Yawning
27 Hideous and gloomy, to receive them headlong
28 Down to the Centre.
29 Stop here my Fancy: (All away ye horrid
30 Doleful Ideas;) Come arise to Jesus,
31 How he sits Godlike! And the Saints around him
32 Thron'd and adoring!
33 O may I sit there when he comes Triumphant
34 Dooming the Nations: Then ascend to Glory,
35 While our Hosannahs all along the Passage
36 Shout the Redeemer.


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Title (in Source Edition): THE Day of Judgment. An ODE, Attempted in English Sapphick.
Author: Isaac Watts
Genres: Sapphic stanza; hymn

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Watts, Isaac, 1674-1748. 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. 40-42. [20],267,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T82397; OTA K067329.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library.)

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