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The Ministers of Law

  • The glories and the perils of thy day
  • Are one, O Man! Thou goest to thine end
  • With Pow'rs, and for a little thou dost wend
  • With marshalled Majesties upon their way:
  • But thee the dread Necessities betray
  • That nurse, and fearful Splendours that befriend;
  • And thee shall alien Dominations rend …
  • Deemest the triumph of the worlds to stay,
  • Or, step by step eternal, unsurpassed,
  • Stride with the suns upon their road of awe?
  • Thou travellest brief ways that end and sink —
  • Urged by the hurrying planets; and the vast,
  • Prone-rushing constellations of the Law,
  • Thunder and press behind thee at the brink.