John Milton



Upon the Circumcision



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John Milton (1608-1674)

Upon the Circumcision



Ye flaming Powers, and winged Warriors bright,
That erst with Music, and triumphant song
First heard by happy watchful Shepherdsí ear,
So sweetly sung your Joy the Clouds along
Through the soft silence of the listíning night;
Now mourn, and if sad share with us to bear
Your fiery essence can distill no tear,
Burn in your sighs, and borrow
Seas wept from our deep sorrow,
He who with all Heavíns heraldry whilere
Entered the world, now bleeds to give us ease;
Alas, how soon our sin
.......Sore doth begin
..............His Infancy to cease!
O more exceeding love or law more just?
Just law indeed, but more exceeding love!
For we by rightful doom remediless
Were lost in death, till he that dwelt above
High throned in secret bliss, for us frail dust
Emptied his glory, evín to nakedness;
And that great Covínant which we still transgress
Entirely satisfied,
And the full wrath beside
Of vengeful Justice bore for our excess,
And seals obedience first with wounding smart
This day, but O ere long
Huge pangs and strong
.......Will pierce more near his heart.





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