1749 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Trapp

Marcus, "On reading Dr. Trapp's Poem of the Four Last Things" British Magazine 4 (May 1749) 199-200.



Solemn the subject, and yet sweet the song,
The lines are nervous, and the sense is strong;
Through death's dark vale while you us wond'ring lead,
We gaze affrighted, and enraptur'd read;
We see the righteous man the grave defy,
And calmly say, Death, Where's thy sting? and die.
We hear the sinful wretch affrighted howl,
While fell despair and guilt torment his soul;
To judgment call'd, all flesh to judgment come,
And from the Sav'our Judge await their doom:
Sentence pronounc'd, we see the righteous rise,
To sit in realms of bliss above the skies;
Whilst e'ery sinner (doom'd to endless woe
And black despair,) descends to shades below.