The World

I saw Eternity the other night

Like a great Ring of pure and endless light, All calm as it was bright;

And round beneath it, Time, in hours, days, years,

Driven by the spheres, Like a vast shadow moved, in which the world And all her train were hurled. . . .

The Intercession Poem. This type calls on a deity to intercede in events on earth, as illustrated by this excerpt from Milton's "On the Late Massacre in Piedmont" (about an attack on Protestants):

Avenge, 0 Lord, thy slaughtered saints, whose bones Lie scattered on the Alpine mountains cold, Even them who kept thy truth so pure of old When all our fathers worshiped stocks and stones, Forget not: . . .

The Doomsday Poem. Doomsday poems echo the destruction of all humanity at the hand of a deity, as in this example from "The Day of Judgment" by the eighteenth-century poet Isaac Watts:

Such shall the noise be and the wild disorder, (If things eternal may be like these earthly) Such the dire terror, when the great Archangel

The Canonization Poem. This type elevates the men, women and children who have given over their lives to a deity or have died because of persecution. Here is a short poem by Richard Crashaw about the innocents slain by Herod:

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