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Poem by Joshua Sylvester
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 Perfection’s Fulnesse is; Under All things, not under-cast; Over All things, not over-plac’t; 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: Unmov’d, Thou mov’st the World about; Unplac’t, 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, mad’st this mighty Ball; Of nothing thou created’st 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.
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