Tuesday, September 30, 2014


In Hell they all are quite fond of William Cowper
Satan himself will spend hours explaining,
In great detail, Heaven's geography.
When he recites something new the demons
And the damned listen together quietly.
After John Milton he is Hell's favorite poet.
While he lived Cowper had a marvelous dream:
He was in Heaven; countless angels were singing
The harmony was overwhelming; the beauty frightening
And it was some time before he could put the music aside
And hear the words. "Everyone will be saved!"
Sang the angels, "Throughout the universe,
Throughout every universe that is and every one that isn't
Absolutely everyone shall be saved! Except,
Of course, William Cowper." Sometimes he wonders
What he will do when he is alone in Hell.

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