A Collection of English Poems, 1660-1800

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Ode XVII On a Sermon against Glory. MDCCXLVII1

I.

COME then, tell me, sage divine,
Is it an offence to own
That our bosoms e'er incline
Toward immortal glory's throne?

For with me nor pomp, nor pleasure, 5
Bourbon's might, Braganza's treasure,
So can fancy's dream rejoice,
So conciliate reason's choice,
As one approving word of her impartial voice.


II.

If to spurn at noble praise 10
Be the pass-port to thy heaven,
Follow thou those gloomy ways;
No such law to me was given,
Nor, I trust, shall I deplore me
Faring like my friends before me;
Nor an holier place desire
Than Timoleon's arms acquire,
And Tully's curule chair, and Milton's golden lyre.


CHARLES WESLEY
(1707-1739?-1788)

For Christrras-Day2

HARK, how all the welkin rings,
"Glory to the King of kings;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!"

Joyful, all ye nations, rise, 5
Join the triumph of the skies;

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Published in Poems, 1772. Text of first edition.

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Published in Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1739. Text of Poems, New York, 1866.

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