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Those sacred lays whose voice sublime

High heaven's eternal mansions hear,

Amid the transient lapse of time

Shall never meet the human ear,

Till, torn the veil of flesh away,

Stand to the soul confess'd the realms of endless

day.

II.

Yet streams from that immortal source,

Were not to mortal sense denied,

On Israel's race with swelling force

Unbounded rush'd the sacred tide:

Judea's palmy groves around

Re-echo to the hallow'd found.-

Now to the harp's responsive strings
His plaintive hymn JESSIDEs sings,
Now with exulting rapture glows
O'er dread Jehovah's proftrate foes,

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ISAIAH now with fiercer fire

Strikes loud the bold prophetic wire,

And treads, or seems in act to tread,

O'er proud Assyria's vanquish'd head.

While now the lay pathetic thrills

By BABEL's willow-border'd rills,
As from JUDEA's captive train
The victor's taunting voice demands the choral

strain,

III.

But hark !--what lays enchanting sound
Unroots the forest from the ground ?

By the persuasive powers subdu'd

Charm'd from the prey the favage brood

Attentive liften round.--

'Tis he, the first of GRECIA's choir,

'Tis Orpheus strikes the living lyre !

And And see ALCÆUs' fterner hand

Appals pale slavery's trembling band,
See rapid Pindar loosely flings
His fingers o'er the warbling ftrings,

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Or Harmony with choral song

Pour her impetuous stream along,
While loud the swelling strains of rapture roll,

O'ercome the captive sense, and shake the astonish'd

foul.

Sent

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