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With such a horrid clang
Shall from the surface to the centre shake; When, at the world's last session, The dreadful Judge middle air shall spread his
And then at last our bliss
But now begins; for, from this happy day,
Not half so far casts his usurped sway;
The oracles are dumb,
Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving.
With hollow shriek the steep of Delphos leaving. No nightly trance, or breathed spell, Inspires the pale-ey'd priests from the prophetic cell.
The lonely mountains o'er,
A voice of weeping heard and loud lament;
From haunted spring and dale,
The parting genius is with sighing sent;
In consecrated earth,
Affrights the Flamens at their service quaint ; And the chill marble seems to sweat, While each peculiar Power foregoes his wonted seat.
Peor and Baälim
With that twice-batter'd god of Palestine ;
and mother both, Now sits not girt with taper's holy shine; The Libyc Hammon shrinks his horn, In vain the Tyrian maids their wounded Thammuz
And sullen Moloch, fled,
His burning idol all of blackest hue;
In dismal dance about the furnace blue:
The brutish gods of Nile as fast,
Nor is Osiris seen
Trampling the unshower'd grass with lowings loud:
Nought but profoundest Hell can be his shroud; In vain with timbrellid anthems dark The sable-stoled sorcerers bear his worshipt ark.
He feels from Judah's land
The rays of Bethlehem blind his dusky eyn;
Not Typhon huge ending in snaky twine:
So, when the Sun in bed,
Pillows his chin upon an orient wave,
Each fetter'd ghost slips to his several grave;
But see, the Virgin blest
Time is, our tedious song should here have ending.
Her sleeping Lord with handmaid lamp attending: And all about the courtly stable Bright-harness'd angels sit in order serviceable,
EDMUND WALLER, born at Coleshill, Hertfordshire, in March, 1605, was the son of Robert Waller, Esq. a gentleman of an ancient family and good fortune, who married a sister of the celebrated John Hampden. The death of his father during his infancy left him heir to an estate of 35001. a year, at that period an ample fortune. He was educated first at Eton, whence he was removed to King's College in Cambridge. His election to parliament was as early as between his sixteenth or seventeenth year ; and it was not much later that he made his appearance as a poet : and it is remarkable that a copy of verses which he addressed to Prince Charles, in his eighteenth year, exhibits a style and character of versification as perfectly formed as those of his maturest productions. He again served in parliament before he was of age'; and he continued his services to a later period. Not insensible of the value of wealth, he augmented his paternal fortune by marriage with a rich city heiress. In the long intermissions of parliament which occurred after