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Alexander Pope - Oh Death where is thy sting?



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Alexander Pope – from the Dying Christian to his Soul

Vital spark of heavenly flame
Quit oh quit this mortal frame
Trembling, hoping, lingering, flying
Oh the pain, the bliss of dying
Cease, fond nature, cease thy strife
And let me languish into life

Hark they whisper, angels say
Sister spirit, come away
What is this absorbs me quite?
Steals my senses, shuts my sight
Drowns my spirits, draws my breath?
Tell me soul, can this be death?

The world recedes, it disappears
Heaven opens on my eyes, my ears
With sounds seraphic ring
Lend, lend your wings, I mount I fly
O grave, where is they victory
O death where is thy sting?

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