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And still, as darker grows the night,
Emits a brighter ray.'
Why this delay? At length for joy prepare :
While these a constant revel keep,
proper score. 1 This is the other of the two songs which were extracted, re-written, and published in 1776, or earlier; see Poems, p. 83.-ED. ? Vars. The debt of pleasure lost.–First MS.
The pleasures we have lost, &c.- Erasure.
The debt that we have lost, &c.-Erasure. 3 Var.-Alas! to-morrow's richest store.--First MS.
Conspiring nations come :
Blasphemers, all be dumb.
The tempest gathers all around,
On Babylon it lies ;
She sinks, she groans, she dies.
Ere yonder setting sun;
'Tis fix'd-it shall be done.
i Var.--hold !--First MS. ? Var.–Before yon setting sun.-First MS.
To yonder gloomy dungeon turn your eyes :
CHORUS OF ALL,
Arise, all potent ruler, rise,
And vindicate thy people's cause,
Shall offer up unfeign'd applause.
Recitative. 'Tis thus that pride triumphant rears the head : A little while, and all their power is fled. 1 Var.-name.-First MS. ? Var.-justice.--First MS. 3 Var.-the proud. First MS.
But, ha! what means yon sadly plaintive train,
In want and sorrow groan,
And learn to bless your own.
Awhile the bliss suspend;
Like his, your lives shall end.
Behold his wretched corse, with sorrow worn,
Where brooks refreshing stray ;
1 Var,-onward. First MS. 2 Var.behold.-First MS. 3 Var.-Falln is our king, and all, &c.—First MS. 4 Var.-Ye sons from Fortune's lap supplied, &c. 5 Var.-avenge the foe. First MS. 6 Var.–And deal its angry vengeance on the foe ?
And rivers through the valley wind,
8 way :
For streams of mercy long;
And overwhelm the strong.
Recitative. But, whence that shout ? Good heavens! amazement all! See yonder tower just nodding to the fall : See where an army covers all the ground, Saps the strong wall, and * pours destruction round! The ruin smokes, destruction pours alongHow low the great, how feeble are the strong ! 5 The foe prevails, the lofty walls
o reclineO, God of hosts, the victory is Thine !
CHORUS OF ISRAELITES.
Down with them, Lord, to lick the dust;
Thy vengeance be begun :
And let' Thy Will be done.
And give repentance but an hour's delay.