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First Line: I saw new earth, new heaven, said saint john
Last Line: There grows life's fruit unto the churches good.
Alternate Author Name(s): Clout, Colin
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology

I saw new Earth, new Heaven, said Saint John.
And lo, the sea (quoth he) is now no more.
The holy city of the Lord, from high
Descendeth garnished as a loved spouse.
A voice then said, behold the bright abode
Of God and men. For he shall wipe clean away.
Her brightness greater was than can be found.
Square was this city, and twelve gates it had.
Each gate was of an orient perfect pearl,
The houses gold, the pavement precious stone.
A lively stream, more clear that crystal is,
Ran through the mid, sprung from triumphant seat.
There grows life's fruit unto the Churches good.

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