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I am the Living Bread

Meditation 8 by Edward Taylor
John 6:51

I kening through Astronomy Divine
     The Worlds bright Battlement, wherein I spy
A Golden Path my Pensill cannot line,
     From that bright Throne unto my Threshold ly.
     And while my puzzled thoughts about it pore
     I finde the Bread of Life in't at my doore.

When that this Bird of Paradise put in
     This Wicker Cage (my Corps) to tweedle praise
Had peckt the Fruite forbad: and so did fling
     Away its Food; and lost its golden dayes;
     It fell into Celestiall Famine sore:
     And never could attain a morsell more.

Alas! alas! Poore Bird, what wilt thou doe?
     The Creatures field no food for Souls e're gave.
     And if thou knock at Angells cores they show
     An Empty Barrell: they no soul bread have.
     Alas! Poore Bird, the Worlds White Loafe is done.
     And cannot yield thee here the smallest Crumb.

In this sad state, Gods Tender Bowells run
     Out streams of Grace: And he to end all strife
The Purest Wheate in Heaven, his deare-dear Son
     Grinds, and kneads up into this Bread of Life.
     Which Bread of Life from Heaven down came and stands
     Disht on thy Table up by Angells Hands.

Did God mould up this Bread in Heaven, and bake,
     Which from his Table came, and to shine goeth?
Doth he bespeake thee thus, This Soule Bread take.
     Come Eate thy fill of this thy Gods White Loafe?
     Its Food too fine for Angells, yet come, take
     And Eate thy fill. Its Heavens Sugar Cake.

What Grace is this knead in this Loafe? This thing
     Souls are but petty things it to admire.
Yee Angells, help: This fill would to the brim
     Heav'n s whelm'd-down Chrystall meele Bowle, yea and higher.
     This Bread of Life drops in thy mouth, doth Cry.
     Eate, Eate me, Soul, and thou shalt never dy.

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