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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
 
Syria: Gilboa
Lamentation of David over Saul and Jonathan
George Sandys (1577–1644)
 
THY beauty, Israel, is fled,
  Sunk to the dead;
How are the valiant fallen! the slain
  Thy mountains stain.
O, let it not in Gath be known,        5
Nor in the streets of Ashkelon.
 
Lest that sad story should excite
  Their dire delight!
Lest in the torrent of our woe
  Their pleasure flow;        10
Lest their triumphant daughters ring
Their cymbals, and their pæans sing.
 
Yon hills of Gilboa, never may
  You offerings pay;
No morning dew, nor fruitful showers,        15
  Clothe you with flowers:
Saul and his arms there made a spoil,
As if untouched with sacred oil.
 
The bow of noble Jonathan
  Great battles won;        20
His arrows on the mighty fed,
  With slaughter red.
Saul never raised his arm in vain,
His sword still glutted with the slain.
 
How lovely! O, how pleasant! when        25
  They lived with men!
Than eagles swifter, stronger far
  Than lions are;
Whom love in life so strongly tied,
The stroke of death could not divide.        30
 
Sad Israel’s daughters, weep for Saul;
  Lament his fall,
Who fed you with the earth’s increase,
  And crowned with peace;
With robes of Tyrian purple decked,        35
And gems which sparkling light reflect.
 
How are thy worthies by the sword
  Of war devoured!
O Jonathan! the better part
  Of my torn heart!        40
The savage rocks have drunk thy blood:
My brother! O, how kind! how good!
 
Thy love was great; O, never more
  To man man bore!
No woman when most passionate        45
  Loved at that rate!
How are the mighty fallen in fight!
They and their glory, set in night!
 
 
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