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THE WISH, IN A POEM TO THE ATHENIANS.

1 WOu'd some kind Vision represent to me
2 How bright thy Streets, Celestial Salem! be;
3 I'd trace thy shining pearly Faths, and tell
4 How bless'd are those that in thy Temple dwell:
5 How much more bright than e're proud Phoebus shed
6 Are those vast Rays the Eternal Sun does spread!
7 Cou'd I the chiefest of ten thousands view,
8 Wou'd Angels me their Admiration shew,
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9 I'd tell the Virgins, tell 'em o'reagen
10 How fair he lookt to the black Sons of men:
11 Might I, but ah, while clogg'd with sinful Flesh,
12 In vain I breath out the impatient Wish!
13 But have a glimpse of those fair Fields of Bliss,
14 Where dress'd in Beams, the shining Saints do move
15 More gay then all the fancy'd shades of Love:
16 Where still from pure exhaustless fountains, to
17 Bright Silver streams the Chrystal Waters flow;
18 Where the true Son of Glory ne're declines,
19 But with unclouded Vigour always shines.
20 Where endless Smiles coelestial Faces wear,
21 No Eye eclips'd with a rebellious Tear,
22 For Greif is an unheard of Stranger there.
23 Say then, if ought of that bless'd place you know,
24 Describe its Bliss, its dazling Glories show!

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Title (in Source Edition): THE WISH, IN A POEM TO THE ATHENIANS.
Themes: God
Genres: address

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Poems on several occasions. Written by Philomela. London: Printed for John Dunton at the Raven in Jewen-street, 1696, pp. 1-2. [24],72,69,[11]p.; 8⁰ (ESTC R7317; OTA A57734)

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