The Poetry of Michael Wigglesworth
Contributed by Stephen Lawson
- The Day of Doom
- "Before his face the Heav'ns gave place,
- and Skies are rent asunder,
- With mighty voice, and hideous noise,
- more terrible than Thunder."
To The Christian Reader
"Reader, I am a fool;
And have adventured
To play the fool this once for Christ,
The more his fame to spread."
A Postscript unto the Reader
"Give ear, I pray thee, unto what I say,
That God may hear thy voice another day.
Thou hast a Soul, my friend, and so have I,
To save or lose; a Soul that cannot die."
A Prayer unto Christ
"But I have learnt to pray to none,
Save unto God in Christ alone.
Nor will I laud, no, not in jest,
That which I know God doth detest."
Vanity of Vanities
"As in a Dropsie, drinking draughts begets,
The more he drinks, the more he still requires:
So on this World whoso affection sets,
His Wealths encrease encreaseth his desires."
- A Short Discourse on Eternity
- Recommended for First-Time Readers!
- "O happy they that live for aye,
- with Christ in Heav'n above!
- Who know withal, that nothing shall
- deprive them of his love.
- Eternity, Eternity!
- Oh, were it not for thee,
- The Saints in bliss and happiness
- could never happy be."
About Michael Wigglesworth and his Poems