Cotton Mather Preaches on Satan
Territory wrested from a devil
the perceived accomplishment
of providential possession
of the utmost parts irritating,
infuriating, immediately precipitating
vile machinations to overturn
the godly establishment.
The mouth of perdition issues
a flood for the carrying away
of the ignorant and unrepentant,
the unsettling of the good harvest,
the extirpation of the vine.
Cast out the heathen attempts,
abort the hellish conception,
repel the assault more difficult,
more surprising, more snarled
with unintelligible circumstances
than hitherto encountered.
Critical incarnate legions persecute the justified,
seasonably an army horribly broke upon the center
dolefully shrieks, tormented by invisible hands,
mischief endeavored and fiendishly conquering.
Handle the infected and infested,
spectral exhibitions upon the sufferers,
delusions interwoven into circumstances of confessions,
the rules of understanding humane affairs ending.
Voluntary harmonious confessions acknowledge
concernment and demonstrations of composition
and operations prodigious beyond wonders,
threatening dissolution and dreadful increase,
concert and consult the methods
of a more gross diabolism,
short of miracle, to confound
the discovery of all the rest.
May 01, 2009
Moored in mutuality,
the civic body politic
to preserve the order,
promise of obedience,
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