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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
Written under the Influence of Delirium
By William Cowper (1731–1800)
 
HATRED and vengeance,—my eternal portion
Scarce can endure delay of execution,—
Wait with impatient readiness to seize my
                Soul in a moment.
 
Damned below Judas; more abhorred than he was,        5
Who for a few pence sold his holy Master!
Twice-betrayed Jesus me, the last delinquent,
                Deems the profanest.
 
Man disavows, and Deity disowns me,
Hell might afford my miseries a shelter;        10
Therefore, Hell keeps her ever-hungry mouths all
                Bolted against me.
 
Hard lot! encompassed with a thousand dangers;
Weary, faint, trembling with a thousand terrors,
I’m called, if vanquished! to receive a sentence        15
                Worse than Abiram’s.
 
Him the vindictive rod of angry Justice
Sent quick and howling to the centre headlong;
I, fed with judgment, in a fleshly tomb, am
                Buried above ground.        20
 
 
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