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THE SUPPLIANTS: THE WORLD'S HARMONIOUS PLAN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: O might we know beyond all doubt
Last Line: Repentant in its ruinous train!


FIRST VOICE
O might we know beyond all doubt
What Zeus would --

SECOND VOICE
Nay, past searching out!
God's will before our human sight
Shines against blackest foil of night
Only with dull and smouldering light.

FIRST VOICE
But all effects his will intends
Fall to safe undefeated ends.

SECOND VOICE
Tangled in gloomy thickets blind
And close beyond discerning wind
The dark ways of his secret mind.

THE WHOLE CHORUS
From towering Hope's ambitious height
Down to Perdition's blackest pit
He hurls the aspiring thoughts of Man,
Yet stirs not, yet exerts no force:

Calm in his will's enabled might
His throned imaginations sit,
And see the World's harmonious Plan
Move onward in its ordered course.

So let his eyes behold and see
On earth now what intemperate sin,
What violent heats of froward youth
The old evil stock buds forth again!

Thus amorous and athirst for me,
With heart's own folly spurred within
To madness, -- and the mocked heart's ruth
Repentant in its ruinous train!






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