Ode to Martyrdome

Ardalio jeers, and in his comic strains

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Ardalio jeers, and in his comic strains,
The mysteries of our bleeding God profanes,
While his loud laughters shake the painted scenes;
Heav'n heard, and strait around the smoaking throne,
The kindling lightning in thick flashes shone,
And vengeful thunder murmur'd to be gone,
Mercy stood near and with a smiling brow,
Calm'd the loud thunder: "There's no need of you;
Grace shall descend and the weak man subdue,"
Grace leaves the skies, and he the stage forsakes,
He bows his head down to the martyring ax;
And as he bows, this gentle, gentle farewel speaks--
"So geos the comedy of life away;
Vain earth adieu, heaven will applaud to day;
Stroike, courteous tyrant, and conclude the play"

Source: The Delights of Harmony; or, Norfolk Compiler: being a new collection of psalm tunes, hymns and anthems with a variety of set pieces, from the most approved American and European authors... #81

Text Information

First Line: Ardalio jeers, and in his comic strains
Title: Ode to Martyrdome
Source: Watt's Lyric Poems
Language: English
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