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Which blown upon will blind thee with its glare,
MY BAPTISMAL BIRTH-DAY.*
GOD'S child in Christ adopted,—Christ my all,
What that earth boasts were not lost cheaply,
rather Than forfeit that blest name, by which I call The Holy One, the Almighty God, my Father ? Father ! in Christ we live, and Christ in TheeEternal Thou, and everlasting we. The heir of heaven, henceforth I fear not death : In Christ I live! in Christ I draw the breath Of the true life !—Let then earth, sea, and sky Make war against me! On my front I show Their mighty master's seal. In vain they try To end my life, that can but end its woe. Is that a death-bed where a Christian lies ? Yes! but not his—'tis Death itself there dies.
* These are presumably the verses recited by Coleridge to Emerson when the latter made a pilgrimage to Highgate on
Το του ΕΣΤΗΣΕ του επιδανούς Epitaphium testamentarium αυτόγραφον. .
Quæ linquam, aut nihil, aut nihili, aut vix sunt mea.
STOP, Christian passer-by "Stop, child of God, •
And read with gentle breast. Beneath this sod A poet lies, or that which once seem'd he.0, lift one thought in prayer for S. T. C.; That he who many a year with toil of breath Found death in life, may here find life in death! Mercy for praise-to be forgiven for fame He ask'd, and hoped, through Christ. Do thou
the same !
9th November, 1833.
August 5, 1833. “When I rose to go, he said, 'I do not know whether you care about poetry, but I will repeat some verses I lately made on my baptismal anniversary,' and he recited with strong emphasis, standing, ten or twelve lines, beginning, ‘Born unto God in Christ—"'-ENGLISH Traits, § 1, First Visit to England.
* Literary Souvenir, 1827.