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First Line: No water-floods shall drown our lord and king!
Last Line: The facts of ages, and the hopes of men!

No water-floods shall drown our Lord and King!
Nor shall those ancient organs of report,
His glorious Gospels, prove the tempest's sport;
What makes me sure of what I boldly sing?
Not my poor dreams! tho', as the master wills,
They follow truth in darkness - 'tis revealed
That no brief torrents, from the fruitless hills,
Shall make an ooze of our historic field,
For all mankind by Christ's own prowess won -
Not my poor dreams! but all that lies between
That time and this - what is and what hath been -
The long array of all that hath been done
And suffered, since the Virgin bore her son -
The facts of ages, and the hopes of men!

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