1Oh Thou which
2Not only on this earthly ball
3(Where I, a wretched
those vast orbs, which shine so bright
5And are so glorious to our sight,
6from Thee have influence and light.
7Not only those who yearly run
8Round that illustrious
globe, the sun,
When Thou bidd’st stay, their
race is done;
But those fixed stars, whose radiancies
11Three hundred suns at least outvies,
12Owe unto Thee their
13Should’st Thou Thy glorious beams recall,
chaos they would fall
15And darkness would
involve them all.
16When Thou send’st forth
17All that exists begins their birth;
18When Thou draw’st back they turn to earth.
19Who can Thy infinite power
20Which didst create this universe
21And canst to
atoms it disperse?
23(Which is as easy unto Thee),
24Oh what would then become of me?
25Nay, rather all to dust
26I gladly will my
27It will my
carnal heart refine.
28My tears my dust shall
29To air which,
30Thy blessèd name shall magnify.
31But as my tears in air ascends
32I’ll raise no storms to hurt my friends
33(My soul hath far more noble ends).
34But sighs, like winds, so fill my breast
35That in this sphere I cannot rest;
36That glorious beams may crown my
37For higher still I must aspire;
38Thus noble thoughts do still fly higher
dilate myself to fire.
40And as I now burn high and clear
41Let me no
42To put the guilty world in fear.
43For love and zeal my breast inflames:
44Then follow, all heroic dames;
45It will immortalise your fames.
46And now I am
diffused to light
47By Thy almighty power and might
48Let me enjoy Thy blessed sight.
49My beams contracted as I shine,
50This world to ashes would
51But, oh, I could it not refine.
52Nor back again I would not turn,
53Though I a thousand worlds might burn:
54It would too long my joys adjourn.
55Then let me ever with Thee shine;
56All transmutations I’ll decline,
57The eternal glory shall be Thine.
58Now you that scorn repentant tears
59As if proceeding from base fears,
60When yours lies low my dust it rears
61From this sad solitary grove
62To those eternal joys above,
63Where all’s involved in light and love.