59. Judgment

IF e'er I fall beneath Thy rod,
     As through life's snares I go,
Save me from David's lot, O God!
     And choose Thyself the woe.

How should I face Thy plagues? which scare,
     And haunt, and stun, until
The heart or sinks in mute despair,
     Or names a random ill.

If else ... then guide in David's path,
     Who chose the holier pain;
Satan and man are tools of wrath,
     An Angel's scourge is gain.

Off Malta
January 10, 1833.

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