The Three Angels of Revelation 14:6-12

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BABYLON

Annie. R. Smith TAR 144.7

The gathering storm of her impending fate, In threatening clouds, around now darkly lowers, Confusion is the name upon her gate; Her creeds are various as her costly towers. TAR 144.8

Tho’ heavenward point her scores of spiral fanes, That rise in rich and gorgeous display, Yet in religion, pure, her glory wanes, As nature’s in the sun’s last setting ray. TAR 144.9

Such gilded temples for Devotion’s shrine, With gaudy trimmings decked, so finely wrought, But ill accord with many a sacred line, Inscribed by holy Seers, divinely taught; TAR 144.10

Who ‘neath no roof but heaven’s blue vault could pray And words of wisdom pour on desert plains, Where echoing forests swelled the gushing lay Of feelings, melted by their simple strains. TAR 144.11

The streams of wealth through all her channels run, And numbers, more than worth her ranks o’erflow; Her theme-the record of her honors won- Not how it stands above, but how below. TAR 144.12

No fearful conflicts with the Prince of death; No rude assailings of the world’s abuse; Her armor rusts in friendship’s fetid breath- Not for the lack of need, but lack of use. TAR 144.13

In all the pomp of equipage and show, The mass, in gay attire, resort to hear The pealing organ’s notes melodious flow, And sermons fashioned for the pop’lar ear. TAR 144.14

The sound of chiming bells, to call the crowds, Falls heavy, like some lone funereal knell; For darkness, like a deathly pall, enshrouds The class who dream of Heaven in paths to Hell. TAR 144.15

There vile Hypocrisy secures a screen. And sin, unchecked, infects her ample fold- Impassable the steps that lie between The poor and those who revel in their gold. TAR 144.16

There Peace, with syren song has spread her charm, And many a victim lulled in fatal sleep; No faithful sentinels to give alarm, While dangerous foes around insidious creep. TAR 144.17

No more of fervency disturbs their case Than party sect and party zeal inspire; The wayward fancy strive alone to please- The love of souls exchanged for love of hire! TAR 144.18

There widely is diffused the baneful wreath, They choose to cull from Error’s devious maze, While plain and saving truths are hid beneath The pompous flow of ornamental phrase. TAR 144.19

The burning thoughts that once could light the brow, And lips that fresher eloquence impart, To break the magic spell, are powerless now- Affecting still the head, but not the heart. TAR 144.20

Tho’ nations lavish praises on her shower, And worship long within her sculptured wall, ‘Tis but a form-Pride saps the vital power, And leaves her crumbling to her final fall. TAR 144.21

A cry shall yet be heard, unknown before, In breadth and depth, and on swift pinions fly, To penetrate corruption’s inmost core- “Come out of her my people,” lest ye die. TAR 144.22

Her sins, of blackest hue, have reached the throne, The blood of saints her cup of guilt has lined, Afar resounds a fellow-sufferer’s moan, In fetters her own hands have helped to bind. TAR 144.23

In night her day of splendor soon will end, And wailings loud, arise o’er land and sea; For wrath, unmixed with mercy, will descend, And seal her woful doom eternally. TAR 144.24

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