The Woes of Esay
- 1 Woe to the worldly men, whose covetous
- 2Ambition labours to joyne house to house,
- 3Lay field to field; till their Enclosures edge
- 4The Playne, girdling a Country with one hedge:
- 5That leave no place unbought, no peece of Earth
- 6Which they will not engrosse, making a dearth
- 7Of all Inhabitants, untill they stand
- 8Unneighbour'd, as unblest, within their Land.
- 9 This Sinne cryes in God's eare, who hath decree'd
- 10The ground they sowe shall not returne the Seed.
- Critical Apparatus11They that unpeopled Countryes to create
- 12Themselves sole Lords; made many desolate
- 13To build up their owne house, shall find at last
- 14Ruine and fearefull desolation cast
- 15Upon themselves. Their Mansion shall become
- Critical Apparatus16A Desart, and their Palace prove a Tombe.
- 17Their vines shall barren be, Their Land yeild Tares;
- 18Their house shall have no dwellers; They no heires.
- Critical Apparatus19 Woe unto those that with the morning Sunne
- 20Rise to drink wine, and sitt till he have runne
- 21His weary course; not ceasing untill night
- 22Have quench't their understanding with the Light:
- 23Whose raging thirst, like fire, will not be tam'd,
- 24The more they poure, the more they are enflam'd.
- 25Woe unto them that only mighty are
- 26To wage with wine; in which unhappy warre
- 27They who the glory of the day have won,
- 28Must yeild them foil'd and vanquisht by the Tun.
- 29Men that live thus, as if they liv'd in jest,
- 30Fooling their time with Musick, and a Feast;
- pg 13731That did exile all sounds from their soft eare
- Critical Apparatus32But of the Harp, must this sad discord heare
- Critical Apparatus33Compos'd in threats: The feet which measures tread
- 34Shall in Captivity be fettered:
- 35Famine shall scourge them for their vast excesse,
- 36And Hell revenge their monstrous Drunkennesse;
- 37Which hath enlarg'd itself, to swallowe such,
- 38Whose throats ne're knew enough, though still too much.
- 39 Woe unto those that countenance a Sinne,
- 40Siding with Vice, that it may credit winne
- 41By their unhallow'd Vote. That doe benight
- 42The Truth with Errour, putting Dark for Light,
- Editor’s Note43And Light for Dark. That call an Evill, Good,
- 44And would by Vice have Vertue understood.
- 45That with their frowne can sowre an honnest cause,
- 46Or sweeten any bad by their applause.
- 47That justify the wicked for reward,
- 48And voyd of morall goodnes or regard,
- 49Plott with Detraction, to traduce the fame
- 50Of him, whose meritt hath enroll'd his name
- 51Among the Just. Therfore God's vengefull ire
- 52Glowes on his People, and becomes a fire,
- 53Whose greedy and exalted flame shall burne
- 54Till they, like straw or chaffe, to nothing turne.
- 55Because they have rebell'd against the right,
- 56To God and Law perversly opposite;
- 57As Plants, which Sun nor Shewres did ever blesse,
- 58So shall their Root convert to Rottennes:
- 59And their Succession's Budd, in which they trust,
- Editor’s Note60Shall (like Gomorrah's fruit) moulder to dust.
- 61 Woe unto those that drunk with self conceit
- 62Value their owne designes at such a rate
- 63Which humane wisdome cannot reach; That sitt
- 64Enthron'd, as sole Monopolists of Witt:
- pg 13865That out-look reason, and suppose the Ey
- 66Of Nature blind to their discovery,
- 67Whilst they a title make to understand
- 68What ever Secret's bosom'd in the Land.
- Editor’s Note69But God shall imp their pride, and let them see
- 70They are but fooles in a sublime degree:
- 71He shall bring downe, and humble those proud Eyes
- 72In which false glasses only they lookt wise:
- 73That all the world may laugh, and learne by it,
- 74There is no folly to pretended Witt.
- 75 Woe unto those that draw Iniquity
- 76With cordes: and by a vaine security
- 77Lengthen the sinfull trace; Till their owne Chayne
- 78Of many linkes, form'd by laborious paine,
- 79Doe pull them into Hell: That, as with Lines
- 80And Cartroapes, dragg on their unwilling Crimes:
- 81Who, rather then they will committ no Sinne,
- 82Tempt all occasions to let it in.
- Critical Apparatus83As if there were no God, who must exact
- 84The strict account for e'ry vitious fact,
- 85Nor Judgment after Death. If any bee,
- 86Let Him make speed (say they) that wee may see.
- 87Why is his Work retarded by delay?
- 88Why doth himself thus linger on the way?
- 89If there be any Judge, or future Doome,
- Editor’s Note90Let It and Him with speed togither come.
- 91 Unhappy men that challenge and defy
- 92The comming of that dreadfull Majesty!
- 93Better by much for You, he did reverse
- 94His purpos'd Sentence on the Universe;
- 95Or that the creeping Minutes might adjourne
- 96Those flames, in which You, with the Earth, must burne:
- Editor’s Note97That Time's revolting hand could lagg the Yeere,
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus98And so put back His Day, which is too neere.
- pg 139Critical Apparatus99 Behold his Signes advanc't, like Colours fly,
- 100To tell the World that His approach is nigh;
- 101And in a furious March Hee's comming on,
- 102Swift as the raging Inundation,
- 103To scowre the sinfull World. 'Gainst which is bent
- 104Artillery that never can be spent:
- 105Bowes strung with vengeance and Flame-feather'd Darts
- 106Headed with Death, to wound transgressing Hearts.
- Editor’s Note107His Charriot Wheeles rapt in the Whirlewinde's gyre,
- 108His Horses hoov'd with flint, and shod with fire.
- 109In which amaze where e're they fixe their Eye,
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus110Or on the melting Earth, or upp, on high,
- 111To seek Heav'ns shrunk Lights, nothing shall appeare
- 112But Night and Horrour in their Hemisphære:
- 113Nor shall th' affrighted Sense more objects know,
- 114Then dark'ned Skyes above, and Hell below.
11 Countryes] cities TM
16 a Tombe] their Tombe MSS.
19 that] who TM
32 sad] harsh TM
33 which] that MSS.
43 Good: the scribe of Mstarted to write goodand corrected himself to
60 Deuteronomy xxxii. 32, 'their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter'.
69 imp: the O.E.D. quotes the use of 'imp' here as a 'misunderstanding of the hawking term'. King wrongly uses it for 'clip'.
83 must] might TM
90 Itcorrected from it TMand H.
97 revolting: Mr. Sparrow emended to revolving, 'the "hand" is the revolving hand of a clock'; revoltingis possible, as recorded from Golding's Ovid in O.E.D. I. †4, 'Shee … then reuolted too the place in which he had her found', Met.x. 68.
98 too] so TM
98 TM'sreading sofor toois probably an error.
99 like] his TM
107 rapt: O.E.D. gives, I. I, 'As p.pple. passive. Taken and carried up toor intoheaven …' e.g. 1610 Guillim, Heraldry, III. ii (1660), 99, 'To this place … were Enoch, Elias and Paul rapt up before their deaths'.
110 upp, on] upon TM, H before correction, M, P before correction.