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How will it sweat and reek in blood!
How will the scarlet-glutton be o'ergorged with his
And devour all the mighty feast!

[food!
Nothing foon but bones will rest.
God does a folemn sacrifice prepare,
But not of oxen nor of rams,
Not of kids nor of their dams,
Not of heifers nor of lambs :

24 The altar all the land, and all men in it the victims Since, wicked men's more guilty blood to spare, (are. The beats fu long have sacrificed been, Since men their birthright forfeit still by fin, "Tis-fit at last beasts their revenge should have, And sacrificed men their better brethren fave.

30 III. So will they fall, so will they flee, Such will the creatures' wild distraction be, When, at the final doom, Nature and Time shall both be slain, Shall struggle with Death's pangs in vain, 35 And the whole world their funeral pile becomc; The wide-stretch'd scroll of heav'n, which we Immortal as the Deity think, With all the beauteous characters that in it With such deep tense by God's own hand were writ, 40 Whose eloquence tho’we underland not we admire, Shall crackle, and the parts together shrink Like parchment in a fire :

Th' exhausted fun to th' moon no more thall lend,
But truly then headlong icto the sea descend; 45
The glitt'ring host now in such fair array,
So proud, so well appointed, and so gay,
Like fearful troops in fome itrong ambush ta'en,
Shall some fly routed, and some fall lain,
Thick as sipe fruit or yt ilow leaves in autumn fall, go
With such a violent storm as blows down tree and all.

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And thou, O curfed Land!
Whichwile not see the precipicewhere thou doft stand,
Tho'thou stand'st just upon the brink,
Thou of this poison'd bowlthe bitter dregs shalt drink:
Thy rivers and thy lakes hall so
With human blood o'er flow,
That they shall fetch the laughter'd corpse away,
Which in the fields around unburied lay,
And rob the beasts and birdstogive the fish their prey.
The rotting corpse ihail fo infect the air,
Beget such plagues and putrid venoms there,
That by chine own dead shall be flain
All thy few living that remain.
As one who huys surveys a ground,

65 So the destroying angel measures it around; So careful and so itrici he is, Left any nook or corner he should miss; He walks about the perishing nation, Ruin behind him falks and empty Desolation. 70

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V.
Then shall the market and the pleading-place
Be chok'd with brambles and o’ergrown with grafs:
The serpents thro’thy streets shall roll,
And in thy lower rooms the wolves shall howl,
And thy gilt chambers lodge the raven and che owl,
And all the wing'd ill-oniens of the air, 76
Tho' no new ills can be foreboded there.
The lion then shall to the leopard say,
Brother Leopard! come away;
Behold a land which God has giv'n us in prey! 80
Behold a land from whence we fee
Mankind expuls’d, his and our common enemy!
The brother leopard shakes himself, and does not stay.

VI.
The glutted vultures shall expect in vain
New armies to be flain;

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Shall find at last the business done,
Leave their consumed quarters, and be gone.
Th'unburied ghosts shall sadly moan,
The Satyrs laugh to hear them groan:
The evil spirits that delight

go To dance and revel in the mask of night, The moon and stars, their sole spectators,shall affright: And if of lost mankind Ought happen to be left behind, If any relicks but remain, They in the dens hall lurk, beasts in the palaces shall

reign.

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II

THE PLAGUES OF EGYPT.

I.
Is this thy brav'ry, Man! is this thy pride!
Rebel to God, and save to all befide!
Captiv'd by ev'ry thing! and only free
To fly from thine own liberty !
All creatures the Creator said were thine ; 5
No creature but might since fay man is mine!
In black Egyptian slavery we lie,
And sweat and coil in the vain drudgery
Of tyrant Sin,
To which we trophies raife,and wear out all our breath
In building up the monuments of death.
We, the choice race, to God and angels kin!
In vain the prophets and apostles come
To call us honie,
Home to the promis'd Canaan above,

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Which does with nourishing milk and pleasant honey
And ev'ni'th' way to which we should be fed (flow;
With angels' tasteful bread :
But we, alas! the flesh-pots love,
We love the very leeks and sordid roots below.

II.
In vain we judgments feel, and wonders see;
In vain did God to descend hither deign,
He was his own ambassadour in vain,
Our Moses and our guide himself to be.

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We will not let ourselves to go,

25 And with worse harden'd hearts do our own Pharaohs Ah! left at last we perilh so,

[grow; Think, stubborn Man! think of th’Egyptian prince, (Hard of belief and will, but not so hard as thou) 29 Think with what dreadful proofs God did convince The feeble arguments that human pow'r could show; Think what plagues attend on thee, Why Moses' God doft now refufe more oft'than Mo.

III. “ If from some God you come,” said the proud king, With half a smile and half a frown,

35 “ But what God can to Egypt be unknown? “What lign, what pow'rs, what credence do you “ Behold his seal! behold his hand!” [bring?" Cries Moses, and casts down the almighty wand: Th'almighty wand scarce touch'd the earth, 40 When, with an undiscerned birth, Th’almighty wand a serpent grew, And his long half in painted folds behind him drew: Upwards his threat'ning tail he threw, Upwards he cast his threat’ning head,

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He gap'd and hiss'd aloud,
With flaming eyes survey'd the trembling crowd,
And, like a basilisk, almost look'd the assembly dead:
Swift fied th’amazed king, the guards before him fed.

IV.
Jannes and Jambres stopp'd their flight,
And with proud words allay'd th' affright,

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