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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Hymn to Horus
By Mathilde Blind (1841–1896)
 
HAIL, God revived in glory!
  The night is over and done;
Far mountains wrinkled and hoary,
Fair cities great in story,
  Flash in the rising sun.        5
 
The young-eyed Day uncloses
  Curtains of filmy lawn,
And blossoming like roses
The Wilderness reposes
  Beneath the Rose of Dawn.        10
 
Hail, golden House of Horus,
  Lap of heav’n’s holiest God!
From lotus-banks before us
Birds in ecstatic chorus
  Fly, singing, from the sod.        15
 
Up, up, into the shining
  Translucent morning sky,
No longer dull and pining,
With drooping wings declining,
  The storks and eagles fly.        20
 
The Nile amid his rushes
  Reflects thy risen disk;
A light of gladness gushes
Thro’ kindling halls, and flushes
  Each flaming Obelisk.        25
 
Vast temples catch thy splendour;
  Vistas of columns shine
Celestial, with a tender
Rose-bloom on every slender
  Papyrus-pillar’d shrine.        30
 
In manifold disguises
  And under many names,
Thrice-holy son of Isis,
We worship him who rises
  A Child-god fledged in flames.        35
 
Hail, sacred Hawk, who winging
  Crossest the heavenly sea!
With harp-playing, with singing,
With linen robes white-clinging,
  We come, fair God, to thee.        40
 
Thou, whom our soul espouses,
  When weary of the way,
Enter our golden houses,
And with thy mystic spouses
  Rest from the long, long way!        45
 
 
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