William Cowper

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Hatred and Vengeance, My Eternal Potion

Hatred and vengeance! my eternal portion,
Scarce can endure delay of execution,
Wait, with impatient readiness, to seize my
Soul in a moment.
5 Damn'd below Judas: more abhorr'd than he was,
Who for a few pence sold his holy Master.
Twice betray'd Jesus me, the last delinquent,
Deems the profanest.
Man disavows, and Deity disowns me.
10 Hell might afford my miseries a shelter;
Therefore hell keeps her ever-hungry mouths all
Bolted against me.
Hard lot! encompassed with a thousand dangers;
Weary, faint, trembling with a thousand terrors;
15 I'm call'd, if vanquish'd, to receive a sentence
Worse than Abiram's.
Him, the vindictive rod of angry justice
Sent quick, and howling to the centre headlong;
I, fed with judgments, in a fleshly tomb, am
20 Buried above ground.

First published 1816.

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