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L.M.

1
When, deaf to every warning given,
Man braved the patient power of heaven,
Great in His anger, God arose,
Deluged the world, and drowned His foes.

2
Vengeance, that called for this just doom,
Retired to make sweet mercy room;
God, of His wrath repenting, swore
A flood should drown the earth no more.

3
That future ages this might know,
He placed in heaven His radiant bow,
The sign, till time itself shall fail,
That waters shall no more prevail.

4
A sign in which by faith we read
The covenant God with Noah made;
A noble end and truly great;
But something greater lies there yet.

5
This bow that beams with vivid light,
Presents a sign to Christian sight,
That God has sworn (who dares condemn?)
He will no more be wroth with them.

6
Thus the believer, when he views
The rainbow in its various hues,
May say, “Those lively colours shine
To show that heaven is surely mine.”