Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, OLNEY HYMNS: 32. THE SHINING LIGHT, by WILLIAM COWPER

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OLNEY HYMNS: 32. THE SHINING LIGHT, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: My former hopes are fled
Last Line: And watch the rising day.

MY former hopes are fled,
My terror now begins;
I feel, alas! that I am dead
In trespasses and sins.

Ah, whither shall I fly?
I hear the thunder roar;
The law proclaims destruction nigh,
And vengeance at the door.

When I review my ways,
I dread impending doom:
But sure a friendly whisper says,
"Flee from the wrath to come."

I see, or think I see,
A glimmering from afar;
A beam of day, that shines for me,
To save me from despair.

Forerunner of the sun,
It marks the pilgrim's way;
I'll gaze upon it while I run,
And watch the rising day.

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