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All light was swallowed up, all objects seen,
Of glory circled round, essential bright!
The righteous, undismayed and bold—best
proof This day of fortitude sincere-sustained By inward faith, with acclamations loud,
Received the coming of the Son of Man ;
Meantime, 'tween good and bad, the Judge,
Stayed, and, ascending, sat upon the great White Throne, that morning founded there by
power Omnipotent, and built on righteousness And truth. Behind, before, on every side, In native, and reflected blaze of bright Celestial equipage, the myriads stood, That with his marching came ; rank above rank, Rank above rank, with shield and flaming sword.
'Twas silence all : and quick, on right and left, A mighty angel spread the book of God's Remembrance; and, with conscience, now sincere, All men compared the record written there, By finger of Omniscience, and received Their sentence, in themselves, of joy or wo, Condemned or justified, while yet the Judge, Waited, as if to let them prove themselves.
The righteous, in the book of life displayed,
This done, the Omnipotent, Omniscient Judge,
Rose infinite, the sentence to pronounce ;
The sentence of eternal wo or bliss !
All glory heretofore seen or conceived;
If sought: that silence, which all being held,
Around the judgment seat, intensely listened; No creature breathed : man, angel, devil, stood, And listened; the spheres stood still, and every
Stood still and listened ; and every particle
Remotest in the womb of matter stood,
Bending to hear, devotional and still.
And thus upon the wicked first, the Judge Pronounced the sentence, written before of old:
Depart from me, ye cursed, into the fire Prepared eternal in the Gulph of Hell, Where ye shall weep and wail for evermore ; Reaping the harvest which your sins have sown.” So saying, God grew dark with utter wrath ; And drawing now the sword, undrawn before, Which through the range of infinite, all round, A gleam of fiery indignation threw, He lifted up his hand omnipotent, And down among the damned the burning edge Plunged; and from forth his arrowy quiver sent, Emptied, the seven last thunders ruinous, Which, entering, withered all their souls with
Then first was vengeance, first was ruin seen ! Red, unrestrained, vindictive, final, fierce! They howling fled to west among the dark; But Aled not these the terrors of the Lord :
Pursued, and driven beyond the Gulph, which