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HEAVENLY BLISS, by                    
First Line: Trouble o'erwhelms us in the world
Last Line: And taste a ray of heavenly bliss
Subject(s): Death;duplicity;happiness;heaven;sin; "dead, The;deceit;joy;delight;paradise;

Trouble o'erwhelms us in the world,
And sin's deceit awaits us too;
While fiendish banners are unfurled
Man's vital spirit to subdue.

Yet each may frown and grin his grin;
My soul is proof against their sneers:
I'll spurn this earth's delusive sin
And coolly smile upon its jeers.

* * *

Here, if I issue from my cot,
And view the varied scenes around,
I sink to sorrow at the lot
Of those who heed each tempting sound.

How vain the temporary breath
Which bears this crumbling atom up!
Soon we must feel the spear of death
And drink the bitters of its cup.

* * *

O, what is man that Thou shouldst deign
To yield him consolation here?
Yea, what, that Thou shouldst cleanse his stain,
And stoop to silence rising fear?

Now let me bow before Thy throne,
And those unspotted garments kiss;
I wish to see Thy face alone,
And taste a ray of heavenly bliss.

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