Excerpt from Secrecy: A Poem
When foul corruption and degrading vice
Survey the quiet joys of Paradise,
Unhallowed purpose prompts the foul fiend's hate
To mar the pleasures of its tranquil state;
Wakes into life ambition's latent fires;
With demon's art a demon's hope inspires.
"Know ye there is in Eden's peaceful bower
A hidden mystery - a secret power?
Seek, and be gods," the wily demon cries:
Man trusts the tempter's voice, and eats - and dies!
Thus social joys oft move unworthy minds
To break the link that life's best purpose binds;
In wanton acts corruption shows its zeal,
And hates the virtues that it cannot feel.
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