1View but this tulip, rose, or
2And by a finite, see an infinite power.
These flowers into their chaos were retired
4Till human art them
raised and reinspired
With beating, macerating, fermentation,
6Calcining, chemically, with segregation;
7Then, lest the air these secrets should reveal,
8Shut up the ashes under
9Then, with a candle or a gentle fire,
10You may reanimate at your desire
gallant plants; but if you cool the glass,
first principles they’ll quickly pass:
13From sulfur, salt, and mercury they came;
14When they dissolve, they turn into the same.
15Then, seeing a wretched mortal hath the power
16To recreate a
Virbius of a flower,
17Why should we fear, though sadly we retire
cause? Our God will reinspire
dormant dust, and keep alive the same
all-quick’ning, everlasting flame.
21Then, though I into
atoms scattered be,
indivisibles I’ll trust in Thee.
23Then let this comfort me in my sad
24Dust is but four degrees removed from glory
Nature’s paths, but God from death and night
26Can raise this flesh to endless life and light.
27Then, my impatient soul, contented be,
28For thou a glorious spring
ere long shalt see.
29After these gloomy shades of death and sorrow,
30Thou shalt enjoy an everlasting morrow.
31As wheat in new-plowed furrows rotting lies,
Incapable of quick’ning till it dies,
33So into dust this flesh of mine must turn
34And lie a while forgotten in my urn.
35Yet when the sea, and earth, and Hell shall give
36Their treasures up, my body too shall live:
Not like the resurrection at Grand Caire,
38Where men revive, then straight of life despair;
39But, with my soul, my flesh shall reunite
And ne’er involvéd be with death and night,
41But live in endless pleasure, love, and light.
hallelujahs will I sing to Thee,
43My gracious God, to all eternity.
44Then at thy dissolution patient be:
45If man can raise a flower, God can thee.