Of Sodom and Gommorah

“The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord.”

How quickly the account has passed

From words of love and Sarah’s laugh,

From converse as a man with friends,

To trembling for a weight of sin.

What silent tremor in the air

As if the earth itself could fear,

What heat perceived in every glance

Was kindling on God’s countenance?

Oh, may our hearts not miss the knell

Before the flame of God, to tell

What image of that fire was near

To Abraham, and why he feared.

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