Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, WRITTEN UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DELIRIUM, by WILLIAM COWPER



Poetry Explorer

Classic and Contemporary Poetry

Rhyming Dictionary Search
WRITTEN UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DELIRIUM, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hatred and vengeance, my eternal portion
Last Line: Buried above ground.
Variant Title(s): Lines Written During A Period Of Insanity;lines Written Under The Influence Of Delirium
Subject(s): Insanity; Madness; Mental Illness


HATRED and vengeance,--my eternal portion
Scarce can endure delay of execution,--
Wait with impatient readiness to seize my
Soul in a moment.

Damned below Judas; more abhorred than he was,
Who for a few pence sold his holy Master!
Twice-betrayed Jesus me, the last delinquent,
Deems the profanest.

Man disavows, and Deity disowns me,
Hell might afford my miseries a shelter;
Therefore, Hell keeps her ever-hungry mouths all
Bolted against me.

Hard lot! encompassed with a thousand dangers;
Weary, faint, trembling with a thousand terrors,
I'm called, if vanquished! to receive a sentence
Worse than Abiram's.

Him the vindictive rod of angry Justice
Sent quick and howling to the centre headlong;
I, fed with judgment, in a fleshly tomb, am
Buried above ground.





Other Poems of Interest...



Home: PoetryExplorer.net