Young Christian's first lesson-book/Lesson Twenty

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Of the Fall, and State of the Devils.

WELL may I tremble, when I read
That ſin did heav'n itſelf invade:
Curs'd pride, with ſubtilty unknown,
Perverted angels near God's throne!
They ſinn'd againſt his holy name,
And hateful devils they became!
But wrath divine purſu'd them ſoon,
And flaming vengeance hurl'd them down!

Now, in the pangs of fierce deſpair,
Pris'ners at large they rage in air,
Walk through the earth unheard, unſeen,
And lay their ſnares for thoughtleſs men;
Tempt us to ſin againſt our God,
And draw us to hell's downward road.

But God can all their power refrain:
My Saviour hold them in his chain,
Till at his bar they all appear,
And meet their final ſentence there.

This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.