Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Ascension


Salute the last and everlasting day,
Joy at the uprising of this Sunne, and Sonne,
Yee whose just teares, or tribulation
Have purely washt, or burnt your drossie clay;
Behold the Highest, parting hence away,
Lightens the darke clouds, which hee treads upon,
Nor doth hee by ascending, show alone,
But first hee, and hee first enters the way.
O strong Ramme, which has batter'd heaven for mee,
Mild Lambe, which with thy blood, has mark'd the path;
Bright Torch, which shin'st, that I the way may see,
Oh, with thy owne blood quench thy owne just wrath,
And if they holy Spirit, my Muse did raise,
Deigne at my hands this crown of prayer and praise.
John Donne

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