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The Smooth Divine

By Dwight, Timothy

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Book Id: WPLBN0000711622
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Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: The Smooth Divine  
Author: Dwight, Timothy
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Poetry, Verse drama
Collections: Poetry Collection
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Publisher: World Public Library Association


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Excerpt: THERE smiled the smooth Divine, unused to wound // The sinner's heart with hell's alarming sound. // No terrors on his gentle tongue attend; // No grating truths the nicest ear offend. // That strange new-birth, that methodistic grace, // Nor in his heart nor sermons found a place. // Plato's fine tales he clumsily retold, // Trite, fireside, moral seesaws, dull as old,- // His Christ and Bible placed at good remove, // Guild hell-deserving, and forgiving love. // 'Twas best, he said, mankind should cease to sin: // Good fame required it; so did peace within. // Their honors, well he knew, would ne'er be driven; // But hoped they still would please to go to heaven. // Each week he paid his visitation dues; // Coaxed, jested, laughed; rehearsed the private news; // Smoked with each goody, thought her cheese excelled; // Her pipe he lighted, and her baby held. // Or placed in some great town, with lacquered shoes, // Trim wig, and trimmer gown, and glistening hose, // He bowed, talked politics, learned manners mild, // Most meekly questioned, and most smoothly smiled; // At rich men's jests laughed loud, their stories praised, // Their wives' new patterns gazed, and gazed, and gazed; // Most daintly on pampered turkeys dined, // Nor shrunk with fasting, nor with study pined: // Yet from their churches saw his brethern driven, // Who thundered truth, and spoke the voice of heaven, // Chilled trembling guilt in Satan's headlong path, // Charmed the feet back, and roused the ear of death. // Let fools, he cried, starve on, while prudent I // Snug in my nest shall live, and snug shall die.?


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