The shadowy reign of Time had passed away,
Systems had fled, and suns illumed no more.
The starry gems were lost in radiant day,
The last shrill trump had waked the distant shore;
Its clang had ceased, and silence was in heaven.
I saw the marshalled cordon of the sky,
In glittering ranks bestud the trackless plain;
The tomb's pale monarch bound in chains stood by,
The prince of darkness with his powers was nigh;
While ransomed myriads swelled the countless train.
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I saw the scroll
Endless duration never can unfold!
I saw the scroll--The Life of DEITY was there.
Its awful signet shall remain untold;
No strains of heaven, no curse in hell, may dare
Eternity! thy dreadful years declare.