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When the great sov’reign would his will express,
He gives a perfect rule; what can he less?
And guards it with a sanction as severe
As vengeance can inflict, or sinners fear:
Else his own glorious rights he would disclaim,
And man might safely trifle with his name.

William Cowper, “Truth,” Table Talk and Other Poems, 1782.

What is all righteousness that men devise–
What, but a sordid bargain for the skies?
But Christ as soon would abdicate his own,
As stoop from heav’n to sell the proud a throne.

William Cowper, “Truth,” Table Talk and Other Poems.