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First Line: A spirit passed before me: I beheld
Last Line: Heedless and blind to wisdom's wasted light!'
Alternate Author Name(s): Byron, Lord; Byron, 6th Baron
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


A SPIRIT pass'd before me: I beheld
The face of immortality unveil'd --
Deep sleep came down on every eye save mine --
And there it stood, -- all formless -- but divine:
Along my bones the creeping flesh did quake;
And as my damp hair stiffen'd, thus it spake:

'Is man more just than God? Is man more pure
Than he who deems even Seraphs insecure?
Creatures of clay -- vain dwellers in the dust!
The moth survives you, and are ye more just?
Things of a day! you wither ere the night,
Heedless and blind to Wisdom's wasted light!'

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