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Cowper, William - Lines written during a period of insanity

Identifier

011982

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Lines written during a period of insanity – William Cowper

Hatred and vengence—my eternal portion
Scarce can endure delay of execution—
Wait with impatient readiness to seize my
Soul in a moment.

Damned below Judas; more abhorred than he was,
Who for a few pence sold his holy Master!
Twice betrayed, Jesus me, the last delinquent,
Deems the profanest.

Man disavows, and Deity disowns me:
Hell might afford my miseries a shelter;
Therefore Hell keeps her ever-hungry mouths all
Bolted against me.

Hard lot! encompassed with a thousand dangers;
Weary, faint, trembling with a thousand terrors,
I'm called, if vanquished, to receive a sentence
Worse than Abiram's.

Him the vindictive rod of angry Justice
Sent quick and howling to the centre headlong;
I, fed with judgment, in a fleshy tomb am
Buried above ground.

The source of the experience

Cowper, William

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Hell

Symbols

Hell

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Angst
Nervous breakdown

Commonsteps

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