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A Theme for a Poet

by James F. Montgomery
1814. 

The arrow that shall lay me low, 
Was shot from Death's unerring bow, 
The moment of my breath; 
And every footstep I proceed, 
It tracks me with increasing speed; 
I turn,—it meets me,—Death 
Has given such impulse to that dart, 
It points for ever at my heart. 

And soon of me it must be said, 
That I have lived, that I am dead; 
Of all I leave behind, 
A few may weep a little while, 
Then bless my memory with a smile: 
What monument of mind 
Shall I bequeath to deathless Fame, 
That after-times may love my name? 

Let Southey sing of war's alarms, 
The pride of battle, din of arms, 
The glory and the guilt,— 
Of nations barb'rously enslaved, 
Of realms by patriot valour saved, 
Of blood insanely spilt, 
And millions sacrificed to fate, 
To make one little mortal great. 

Let Scott, in wilder strains, delight 
To chant the Lady and the Knight, 
The tournament, the chase, 
The wizard's deed without a name, 
Perils by ambush, flood, and flame; 
Or picturesquely trace 
The hills that form a world on high, 
The lake that seems a downward sky. 

Let Byron, with untrembling hand, 
Impetuous foot and fiery brand, 
Lit at the flames of hell, 
Go down and search the human heart, 
Till fiends from every corner start, 
Their crimes and plagues to tell; 
Then let him fling the torch away, 
And sun his soul in heaven's pure day. 

Let Wordsworth weave, in mystic rhyme, 
Feelings ineffably sublime, 
And sympathies unknown; 
Yet so our yielding breasts enthral, 
His Genius shall possess us all, 
His thoughts become our own, 
And, strangely pleased, we start to find 
Such hidden treasures in our mind. 

Let Campbell's sweeter numbers flow 
Through every change of joy and woe; 
Hope's morning dreams display, 
The Pennsylvanian cottage wild, 
The frenzy of O'Connor's child. 
Or Linden's dreadful day; 
And still in each new form appear 
To every Muse and Grace more dear. 

Transcendent Masters of the lyre! 
Not to your honours I aspire; 
Humbler yet higher views 
Have touch'd my spirit into flame: 
The pomp of fiction I disclaim; 
Fair Truth! be thou my muse; 
Reveal in splendour deeds obscure, 
Abase the proud, exalt the poor. 

I sing the men who left their home, 
Amidst barbarian hordes to roam, 
Who land and ocean cross'd, 
Led by a load-star, mark'd on high 
By Faith's unseen, all-seeing eye,— 
To seek and save the lost; 
Where'er the curse on Adam spread, 
To call his offspring from the dead. 

Strong in the great Redeemer's name, 
They bore the cross, despised the shame; 
And, like their Master here, 
Wrestled with danger, pain, distress, 
Hunger, and cold, and nakedness, 
And every form of fear; 
To feel his love their only joy, 
To tell that love their sole employ. 

O Thou, who wast in Bethlehem born, 
The Man of sorrows and of scorn, 
Jesus, the sinners' Friend! 
—O Thou, enthroned in filial right, 
Above all creature-power and might; 
Whose kingdom shall extend, 
Till earth, like heaven, thy name shall fill, 
And men, like angels, do thy will:— 

Thou, whom I love, but cannot see, 
My Lord, my God! look down on me; 
My low affections raise; 
The spirit of liberty impart 
Enlarge my soul, inflame my heart, 
And, while I spread thy praise, 
Shine on my path, in mercy shine, 
Prosper my work, and make it thine.

 

 
Bennetts Baptist Church

 

 

 

 

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