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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
 
Introductory to Syria
On Jordan’s Banks
Lord Byron (1788–1824)
 
ON Jordan’s banks the Arab’s camels stray,
On Sion’s hill the False One’s votaries pray,
The Baal-adorer bows on Sinai’s steep;
Yet there, even there, O God! thy thunders sleep:
 
There, where thy finger scorched the tablet stone;        5
There, where thy shadow to thy people shone!
Thy glory shrouded in its garb of fire:
Thyself none living see, and not expire!
 
O, in the lightning let thy glance appear;
Sweep from his shivered hand the oppressor’s spear:        10
How long by tyrants shall thy land be trod!
How long thy temple worshipless, O God!
 
 
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