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New Zealand Minstrelsy

An Enigma

“New Zealand Minstrelsy”: Appendix, page vi.

ReligionAn Enigma.

That I’m in existence, I verily vow,
Though still 1’m unknown to the wide world around,
From heaven’s supernal, expanding concave,
To hell’s dark, infernal and soundless profound.

SocietyThough I am to all that’s angelic unknown,
With Christ, the great King, whom the Jews did despise,
A pilgrim, where’er he sojourn’d, I have trod
In poverty’s humblest, contemptuous guise.

Though once I was poor, now in riches I loll,
Yet me no depending admirers caress;
Through all tribulations I’ve carried my cross,
Still greatly rejoicing ’mid ev’ry distress.

Mark! when from the wing of the light’ning, you hear
The great resurrection proclaim’d;—then in state,
Spreading dread in a chariot of thunder I’ll ride,
Attending on Christ to the doom-giving seat:

Then woe to the righteous who hear not my fame,
The wicked are pardoned who give me a name!