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A step as fleet, an eye more bright,
Hath Judah witness'd there; And o'er her scenes of lost delight
Inhabitants more fair.
The cedars wave on Lebanon,
But Judah's statelier maids are gone!
More blest each palm that shades those plains
Than Israel's scattered race;
For, taking root, it there remains
In solitary grace:
It cannot quit its place of birth,
It will not live in other earth.
But we must wander witheringly,
In other lands to die ;
And where our fathers' ashes be,
Our own may never lie:
And Mockery sits on Salem's throne. OH! WEEP FOR THOSE.
OH! WEEP FOR THOSE that wept by Babel's stream, Whose shrines are desolate, whose land a dream;
Weep for the harp of Judah's broken shell ;
Mourn—where their God hath dwelt the Godless
And where shall Israel lave her bleeding feet?
Tribes of the wandering foot and weary breast,
How shall ye flee away and be at rest!
The wild-dove hath her nest, the fox his cave,
Mankind their Country-Israel but the grave!