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The very site whereon she stood,

Where, shrined in rocks above, beneath In vain the foot, the eye would trace,

With clods along the valley spread, Vengeance, for saints' and martyrs' blood

Their ancestors, each in his bed, Her walls did utterly efface;'

Shall rest, till, at the Judgment-day,
Dungeons and dens usurp their place;

Death and the grave give up their prey.
The Cross and Crescent shine afar,
But where is Jacob's natal star?

Before their eyes, as in a glass

Their eyes that gaze on vacancyStill inexterminable-still

Pageants of ancient grandeur pass; Devoted to their mother-land,

But “Ichabodon all they see Her offspring haunt the temple-hill,

Brands Israel's foul idolatry : Amidst her desecration stand,

Then, last and worst, and sealing all And bite the lip, and clench the hand :

Their crimes and sufferings—Salem's fall. To-day in that lorn vale3 they weep, Where patriarchs, kings, and prophets sleep.

Nor breeze, nor bird, nor palm-tree stirs,

Kedron's unwater'd brook is dumb; 0, what a spectacle of woe!

But through that glen of sepulchres

Is heard the city's fervid hum;
In groups they settle on the ground;

Voices of dogs and children come;
Men, women, children, gathering slow,
Sink down in reverie profound;

Till, loud and long, the Muedzin's ? cry,
There is no voice, nor speech, nor sound

From Omar's mosque, peals round the sky.
But through the shuddering frame is shown
The heart's unutterable groan.

Blight through their veins those accents send-
In agony of mute despair,

Their garments as by stealth they rend;
Entranced they sit, nor seem to breathe ;

They pluck unconsciously their hair; Themselves like spectres from the dead;

This is the Moslem's hour of prayer!

'T was Judah's once—but fane and priest, our side in this war, and it was none other than He who cast

Altar and sacrifice, have ceased. out the Jews from these strong holds; for what could the hands of men and the force of machines have otherwise done against these towers ?

And by the Gentiles in their pride 1 It is difficult, indeed impossible, after the abomination of Jerusalem is trodden down;'desolation has for so many centuries been laying waste the “How long? for ever wilt thou hide Holy City, to ascertain its ancient boundaries. There is very Thy face, O Lord! for ever frown? little reason to believe that the localities of the Holy Sepulchre,

Israel was once thy glorious crown, etc., overbuilt with churches, and visited by pilgrims and trave ellers from all countries, are genuine : so utterly confounded by

In sight of all the heathen worn ; undistinguishing ravages have been the very heights on which Now from thy brow indignant worn. “ Jerusalem was builded as a city compact together." There is nothing that strikes the stranger with more astonishment than “ Zion, forsaken and forgot, the magnificent situation of Jerusalem, with the mountains Hath felt thy stroke, and owns it just ; standing round about it, and adorned with mosques, churches and convents, as seen from a distance, and the contrast of mean

O God, our God! reject her not, ness and misery within its narrow, dark, and filthy streets, Whose sons take pleasure in her dust : thronged with squalid and molley inhabitants. The city of How is the fine gold dimm'd with rust! palaces seems converted into a den of thieves.

The city, throned in gorgeous state, 2 The mosque of Omar, a most superb structure, with its blue How doth she now sit desolate! dome rising above all the adjacent edifices, stands on the very site of the demolished Temple of God. Within the court • Where is thine oath to David sworn ? which surrounds it, none but Mahometans, under pain of death, or conversion to the faith of the false prophet, are permitted to

We by the winds like chaff are driven: enter. There is a tradition that the possession of the city de

Yet 'unto us a Child is born,' pends upon the unviolated sanctity of this place. The miserable Yet' unto us a Son is given;' remnant of Jews, who yet linger about the hill of Zion, pay a His throne is as the throne of Heaventax for permission to assemble once a week (on Friday) to pray on the outside of this usurped seat of the true God, on a spot

When shall he cume to our release, near the place where, it is said, that the holiest of holies in the The mighty God, the Prince of Peace ?" ancient temple was built.

3 The valley of Jehosaphat, in which the kings of Judah, the burying-place of the common people, and under the name of prophets and the illustrious of old, are supposed to have been Tophet, a type of that place " where the worm dieth not, and buried, lies to the east and north of Jerusalem. It is traversed the fire is not quenched." by the brook Codron at the foot of the mount of Olives, but

1 Ichabod: that is, “Where is the glory?" or, "Thore is no depending for its stream upon the uncertain rains, the channel glory." See 1 Samuel, iv. 21. “Jerusalem remembered in the is frequently dry in the summer months. Here the Jews believe days of her affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant things that the so.emnity of the day of judgment will be held, on the that she had in the days of old, when her people fell into the authority of the prophet Joel, iii. 1 and 2. "For behold, in bands of the enemy, and none did help her; the adversaries those days I will bring again the captivity of Judah and Jeru- saw her, and did mock at her Sabbaths." Lamentations. 1. 7. salein,-I will plead with them there for my people, and for my beritage lorael, whom they have scattered among the nations,

2 The Muedzins (Mucdhins) are criers, with clear sonorous and purted my land." The valley of Hinnom is to the south; voices, who from the tops of the musques call the people to once a scene of beauty and fertility with its groves and gardens, gether at the hours of worship. but at the same time a scene of the most atrocious and bloody 3 Mr. Jowett says :—" At every step coming forth out of the idolatry, when infants were sacrificed by their unnatural parents city, the heart is reminded of that prophecy, accomplished to to Moloch. Josiah desecrated it by overturning the shrines, the letter--Jerusalem shall be trodilon down of the Gentiles ! cutting down the groves, and burning the bones of the pricsts all the streets are wretchedness; and the houses of the Jews upon their own altars. Tbe valley afterwards became the more especially are as dunghills."

Thus blind with unbelief they cry;
But hope revisits not their gloom;
Seal'd are the words of prophecy,
Seald as the secrets of the tomb,
Where all is dark—though wild flowers bloom,
Birds sing, streams murmur, heaven above,
And earth around, are life, light, love.

Like clouds in silence they depart:
Süll clings this thought to every heart,
Still from their lips escapes in sighs,
" By whom shall Jacob yet arise ?"
By whom shall Jacob yet arise ?--
Even by the Power that wakes the dead :
He whom your fathers did despise,
He, who for you on Calvary bled,
On Zion shall his ensign spread-
Captives! by all the world enslaved,
Know your Redeemer, and be saved !

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The sun goes down; the mourning crowds,
Re-quicken'd, as from slumber start;
They met in silence here, like clouds ;

THE END OF MONTGOMERY'S WORKS.

THE

POETICAL WORKS

OF

CHARLES LAMR.

Contents.

(The Pieces in italics are by the Author's Sister.)

27

Pago MEMOIR OF CHARLES LAMB.

V JOHN WOODVIL, A TRAGEDY . .

1 THE WITCH, A DRAMATIC SKETCH.

16 MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. Hester

16 To Charles Lloyd, an unexpected Visitor 17 The Three Friends . .

ib. To a River in which a Cbild was drowned 19 The Old Familiar Faces.

ib. Helen

ib. A Vision of Repentance .

ib. Dialogue between a Mother and Child 20 Queen Oriana's Dream . .

ib. A Ballad, noting the Difference of Rich and

Poor, in the ways of a rich Noble's Palace
and a poor Workhouse

21 Hypochondriacus . .

il. A Farewell to Tobacco

ib.
To T. L. H. a Child
Ballad, from the German
David in the Cave of Adullam .

ib. Salome.

ib. Lines suggested by a Piclure of Two Females by Lionardo Da Vinci .

24 Lines, on the same Picture being removed to

make place for a Portrait of a Lady by
Titian

ib. On the celebrated picture by Lionardo da

Vinci, called the Virgin of the Rocks . ib.

Page On the same

24 Childhood.

il The Grandame .

ib. The Sabbath Bells

25 Fancy employed on Divine Subjects ib. Composed at Midnight

ib. Living without God in the World

26 On an Infant dying as soon as born.

ib. Verses for an Album.

ib Quatrains to the Editor of the Every-day

Book .. To M. C. Burney, Esq. on dedicating to him the Prose Works of the Author

il Angel Help. Sonnet -To Miss Kelly

On the Sight of Swans in Ken-
sington-Gardens

28 " Was it some sweet device". ib. -“ Methinks how dainty sweet". is. “When last I roved".

ib “A timid grace sits trembling". ib -“ If from my Lips”

ib -The Family Name

ib. - To John Lamb, Esq. of the SouthSea-House

29 -"Oh! I could laugh to hear' -“We were two pretty babes" ik

-" They talk of Time". The Christening

22 23

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