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BARREAUX's CELEBRATED SONNET.

GRAND Dieu, tes jugemens sont remplis d'equité;
Toujours tu prens plaisir à nous être propice,
Mais j'ai tant fait de mal, que jamais ta bonté
Ne me pardonnera, sans choquer ta justice.
Oui mon Dieu, la grandeur de mon impieté
Ne laisse à ton pouvoir que le choix du suplice;
Ton intereste oppose à ma felicité
Et ta clemence méme attend que je perisse.
Contente ton desir, puis qu'il t'est glorieux;
Offense toy des pleurs qui coulent de mes yeux;
Tonne, frappe, il est tems, rens moi guerre pour guerre;
J adore en perissant la raison qui t'aigrit.
Mais dessus quel endroit tombera ton tonnerre,
Que ne soit tout couvert du sang de JESUS CHRIST.
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1 THO' thy decrees, great God, are wise,
2 Thy dispensations right,
3 Thy darling attribute is love,
4 Compassion thy delight.
5 But should thy goodness condescend
6 To pity my distress,
7 Offended Justice would each thought
8 Of lenity suppress.
9 Yes, righteous God, my daring crimes
10 For pardon leave no room;
11 Thy majesty prevents my bliss,
12 Thy grace demands my doom.
13 O! then denounce thy sovereign will,
14 Avenge thy injur'd name;
15 And let an impious miscreant's tear
16 Thy sacred wrath inflame.
17 Smite me, 'tis time, let thunder fall
18 On my rebellious head;
19 In my destruction I'll adore
20 The hand that strikes me dead.
21 But through what region shall thy bolts
22 Thy missive vengeance run,
23 Which is not hallowed by the blood
24 Of thy beloved Son?

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Title (in Source Edition): BARREAUX's CELEBRATED SONNET.
Author: Rev Mr Robertson (translator)
Themes: God; religion
Genres: imitation; translation; paraphrase
References: DMI 32589

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A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. III. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, p. 206. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1136; OTA K093079.003)

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