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Poem by Joshua Sylvester


The Father


ALPHA and Omega, God alone:
Eloi, My God, the Holy-One;
Whose Power is Omnipotence:
Whose Wisedome is Omni-science:
Whose Beeing is All Soveraigne Blisse:
Whose Worke Perfections Fulnesse is;
Under All things, not under-cast;
Over All things, not over-plact;
Within All things, not there included;
Without All things, not thence excluded:
Above All, over All things raigning;
Beneath All, All things aye sustayning:
Without All, All conteyning sole:
Within All, filling-full the Whole:
Within All, no where comprehended;
Without All, no where more extended;
Under, by nothing over-topped:
Over, by nothing under-propped:

Unmovd, Thou movst the World about;
Unplact, Within it, or Without:
Unchanged, time-lesse, Time Thou changest:
Th unstable, Thou, still stable, rangest;
No outward Force, nor inward Fate,
Can Thy drad Essence alterate:

To-day, To-morrow, yester-day,
With Thee are One, and instant aye;
Aye undivided, ended never:
To-day, with Thee, indures for-ever.

Thou, Father, madst this mighty Ball;
Of nothing thou createdst All,
After th Idea of thy Minde,
Conferring Forme to every kinde.

Thou wert, Thou art, Thou wilt be ever:
And Thine Elect, rejectest never. 



Joshua Sylvester


Joshua Sylvester's other poems:
  1. To His Coy Love
  2. A Contented Mind
  3. The Glorious Stars Of Heaven
  4. They Say That Shadows Of Deceased Ghosts
  5. The Fruits of a Clear Conscience


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