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The Sublime

January 7, 2010

Samuel Johnson – The City of God

City of God, how broad and far 
  Outspread thy walls sublime! 
The true thy chartered freemen are, 
  Of every age and clime. 
 
One holy Church, one army strong,        
  One steadfast high intent, 
One working band, one harvest-song, 
  One King Omnipotent. 
 
How purely hath thy speech come down 
  From man’s primeval youth;         
How grandly hath thine empire grown 
  Of Freedom, Love, and Truth! 
 
How gleam thy watchfires through the night, 
  With never fainting ray; 
How rise thy towers, serene and bright,         
  To meet the dawning day! 
 
In vain the surge’s angry shock, 
  In vain the drifting sands; 
Unharmed, upon the Eternal Rock, 
  The Eternal City stands.

 

The Sublime

Jailhouse – Sublime

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