Here you will find the Long Poem Moses of poet Thomas Parnell
To grace those lines wch next appear to sight, The Pencil shone with more abated light, Yet still ye pencil shone, ye lines were fair, & awfull Moses stands recorded there. Lett his repleat with flames & praise divine Lett his the first-rememberd Song be mine. Then rise my thought, & in thy Prophet find What Joy shoud warm thee for ye work designd. To that great act which raisd his heart repair, & find a portion of his Spirit there. A Nation helpless & unarmd I view, Whom strong revengefull troops of warr pursue, Seas Stop their flight, their camp must prove their grave. Ah what can Save them? God alone can save. Gods wondrous voice proclaims his high command, He bids their Leader wave the sacred wand, & where the billows flowd they flow no more, A road lyes naked & they march it o're. Safe may the Sons of Jacob travell through, But why will Hardend Ægypt venture too? Vain in thy rage to think the waters flee, & rise like walls on either hand for thee. The night comes on the Season for surprize, Yet fear not Israel God directs thine eyes, A fiery cloud I see thine Angel ride, His Chariot is thy light & he thy guide. The day comes on & half thy succours fail, Yet fear not Israel God will still prevail, I see thine Angel from before thee go, To make the wheeles of ventrous Ægypt slow, His rolling cloud inwraps its beams of light, & what supplyd thy day prolongs their night. At length the dangers of the deep are run, The Further brink is past, the bank is won, The Leader turns to view the foes behind, Then waves his solemn wand within the wind. O Nation freed by wonders cease thy fear, & stand & see the Lords salvation here. Ye tempests now from ev'ry corner fly, & wildly rage in all my fancyd Sky. Roll on ye waters as ye rolld before, Ye billows of my fancyd ocean roar, Dash high, ride foaming, mingle all ye main. Tis don?& Pharaoh cant afflict again. The work the wondrous work of Freedomes don, The winds abate, the clouds restore ye Sun, The wreck appears, the threatning army drownd Floats ore ye waves to strow the Sandy ground. Then Place thy Moses near the calming flood, Majestically mild, serenely good. Lett Meekness (Lovely virtue) gently Stream Around his visage like a lambent flame. Lett gratefull Sentiments, lett Sense of love, Lett holy zeal within his bosome move. & while his People gaze ye watry plain, & fears last touches like to doubt remain, While bright astonishment that seems to raise A questioning belief, is fond to praise, Be thus the rapture in the Prophets breast, Be thus the thankes for freedome gaind expresst. Ile sing to God, Ile Sing ye songs of praise To God triumphant in his wondrous ways, To God whose glorys in the Seas excell, Where the proud horse & prouder rider fell. The Lord in mercy kind in Justice strong Is now my strength, this Strength be now my song, This sure salvation, (such he proves to me from danger rescu'd & from bondage free). The Lords my God & Ile prepare his seat, My Fathers God & Ile proclaim him great, Him Lord of Battles, him renownd in name, Him ever faithfull, evermore the same. His gracious aids avenge his peoples thrall, They make the pride of boasting Pharaoh fall. Within the Seas his stately Chariots ly, Within the Seas his chosen Captains dy. The rolling deeps have coverd o're the foe, They sunk like stones they Swiftly sunk below. There O my God thine hand confessd thy care, Thine hand was glorious in thy power there, It broke their troops unequall for the fight In all the greatness of excelling might. Thy wrath Sent forward on ye raging Stream, Swift sure & Sudden their destruction came, They fell as stubble burns, while driving skys Provoke & whirl a flame & ruin fly's. When blasts dispatchd with wonderfull intent On soveraign orders from thy nostrills went, For our accounts the waters were affraid, Perceivd thy presence & together fled, In heaps uprightly placd they learnd to stand, like banks of Christall by ye paths of sand. Then fondly flushd with hope, & swelld with pride, & filld with rage, the foe prophanely cryd, Secure of conquest Ile pursue their way, Ile overtake them, Ile divide the prey, My lust I'le Satisfy, mine anger cloy, My sword Ile brandish, & their name destroy. How wildly threats their anger: hark above New blasts of wind on new commission move, To loose the fetters that confind the main, & make its mighty waters rage again, Then overwhelmd with irresistless Sway They Sunk like lead they sunk beneath the Sea. O who like thee thou dreaded Lord of Host Among the Gods whom all the nations boast Such acts of wonder & of Strength displays, O Great! O Glorious in thine holy ways!