3. Children of Earth! rejoice! rejoice exceedingly; for your salvation…
3. Children of Earth! rejoice! rejoice exceedingly; for your salvation is at hand.
The end of sorrow is come; I will ravish you away into mine unutterable joy.
I will kiss you, and bring you to the bridal: I will spread a feast before you in the house of happiness.
I am not come to rebuke you, or to enslave you.
I bid you not turn from your voluptuous ways, from your idleness, from your follies.
But I bring you joy to your pleasure, peace to your languor, wisdom to your folly.
All that ye do is right, if so be that ye enjoy it.
I am come against sorrow, against weariness, against them that seek to enslave you.
I pour you lustral wine, that giveth you delight both at the sunset and the dawn.
Come with me, and I will give you all that is desirable upon the earth.
Because I give you that of which Earth and its joys are but as shadows.
They flee away, but my joy abideth even unto the end.
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