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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Trumpet
By Sir Edwin Arnold (1832–1904)
 
  
From ‘Pearls of the Faith’
  
Magnify Him, Al-Kaîyum; and so call
The “Self-subsisting” God who judgeth all.

WHEN the trumpet shall sound,
      On that day,
The wicked, slow-gathering,
      Shall say,
“Is it long we have lain in our graves?        5
  For it seems as an hour!”
Then will Israfil call them to judgment:
  And none shall have power
To turn aside, this way or that;
  And their voices will sink        10
To silence, except for the sounding
  Of a noise, like the noise on the brink
Of the sea when its stones
  Are dragged with a clatter and hiss
Down the shore, in the wild breakers’ roar!        15
  The sound of their woe shall be this:—
 
Then they who denied
  That He liveth Eternal, “Self-made,”
Shall call to the mountains to crush them;
  Amazed and affrayed.        20
 
  Thou Self-subsistent, Living Lord!
  Thy grace against that day afford.
 
 
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