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THE

MESSIAH:

From the German of

KLOPSTOCK.

THE

FIRST SIXTEEN BOOKS BY MRS. COLLYER,

AND THE

THREE LAST BY MRS. MEEKE.

To which is prefixed,

an 3(rttrotJuction on 2Dit)ine IPoetrE»

I-V TWO VOLUMES.



VOL. II.



LONDON:



Printed for J. Walker;
J. Johnson and Co.; J. Richardson; R. Faulder and
Son ; F. C. and J. Rivington ; Vernor, Hood, and
Sharpe; R. Lea; J. Kunn; J. Cuthell; E. Jefft-ry ;
A, K. Newman and Co. ; LacUiiigton, Allen, and Co. ;
Longman, Iliirst, Rces, Ornie, and Brown; Cadell
and Davios; Wilkieand Robinson; J.Bookcr; Black,
Tarry, and Kingsbnry ; Sherwood, Necly, and Jono? ;
J. Aspcrne; R. Scholey; and J. Harris.



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THE



MESSIAH.



BOOK X.



God looks down from his throne, zchilc the MessinTi
casts his eyes on his sepulchre, and prays ; then
with a look fills Satan and Adramelech uith
terror. Many derated souls are rioio given to
the earth, one of iihom delivers his thoughts of
the dying Redeemer. A cha racier of these souls.
A conversation betzvccn Simeon and John the
Baptist. Miriam and Deborah lament the dy-
ing Saviour in a hymn. Lazarus comforts
Lebbeus. Uriel gives notice that the first of the
angels of death is descending to the earth. The
impression this makes on Enoch, Abel, Scth, Da-
vid, Job, and more particularly on our first
parents, xcho descend to the sepulchre of Jesus,
and pray. The angel of death descends, ad-
dresses the Messiah, and makes knoun the divine
eommand. The Messiah dies.



MESSIAH.



BOOK X.

STILL faitbcr do I travel in my Ircr.ictidous path,
btUl nearer draw to the Saviour's death — to his death
%vho brcath'd iKUi^ht but love divine, and whose love
snppoits my fainting powers. O let me not, presump-
tuous, too boldly sing the gicat Redeemer! nor without
Eclemn dignity attune my song ! Look down, propitious,
on me, who am but dust, O thou, by whose omnipotence
1 am environ'd ! Tiiou sccst all the conceptions of my
inind, ere into thought they rise, nor is there a word that
trcuibus on nsy tongue to thee unknown. O my Re-
deemer! enlighten me, and when I stumble, forgive !
A 1 ay of thy light, a drop of thy grace, is to the famish'd
soul fulness, and to its thirst, the refreshing stream. The
throne, which %Aas wont to shine serene in visible beau-
ty, now stood invoh "d in the thickest gloom of night :
solitary it stood, around it no immortal ador'd, save an
angil of death, who prostrate beneath tlic lowest step,
with rais'd hands and suppliant eyes, look 'd up with fix'd
altKiitiou. Mcanw liile Jehovali, from his throne, beiield
with steady countenance the divine Redeemer from sin.
lie through tiie bright du-t of sc;ittcr'd sims, and worlds
obscure, tlinnigh silent nature look'd with awful view,
which none understood or felt, but he on whom the eter-
nal eye V as fix'd. Death, now so near, the Saviour's
whole frame pervadts. The w orlds tremble through all
their secret powers. Troubled, enraptnr'd, silent, stand
ail Ike innnortals, contemplating the Son of God, on



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wliose ili\inc face a more dcidly paleiiCM sit?.
■\vi;ary, langnkl eyes are faintly cast on his near scp.i:-
chvo, liewii out of a lonely rock amoir^ trees of ancient
growth, and with a mind still fill'd with benijrnity and
soft compassion, which no pain could expel from thcicc,
he thus poiir'd tbrth iu secret sighs, the yet wann thoui;!.ts
of his expiring soul.

Tliere in the sleep of death soon wilt thou, my body,
lie. For tills did I assume thee, O thou tabernacle of
clay ! Ytt, though thou shalt lie down in death, thou
rhait not see corruption. O my gracious Father ! *' wip«
every tear from every eye" that shall then sarronnd me
v.eepiug! — Have pity on thcin, when thou shalt bring
them to their latest hour! O hoiy Father! have mercy
on all who believe in thy b



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