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And now on that mountain I stood on that day,
But the Gods of the Pagan shall never profane
BY THE RIVERS OF BABYLON WE SAT DOWN AND WEPT.
WE sate down and wept by the waters
And ye, oh her desolate daughters!
While sadly we gazed on the river
On the willow that harp is suspended,
And ne'er shall its soft tones be blended
THE DESTRUCTION OF SENNACHERIB.
THE Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,
Like the leaves of the forest when Summer is green,
For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast,
And there lay the steed with his nostril all wide,
But through it there roll'd not the breath of his pride;
And there lay the rider distorted and pale,
With the dew on his brow, and the rust on his mail:
And the widows of Ashur are loud in their wail,
A SPIRIT PASS'D BEFORE ME.
A SPIRIT pass'd before me: I beheld
Deep sleep came down on every eye save mine—
"Is man more just than God? Is man more pure
NOTES TO THE HEBREW MELODIES.
1.-Page 303, line 1.
SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY.
[THESE Stanzas were written by Lord Byron, on returning from a ball where Lady Wilmot Horton had appeared in mourning, with numerous spangles on her dress.]
2.-Page 304, line 18.
Its sound aspired to heaven and there abode!
["When Lord Byron put the manuscript into my hand, it terminated with this line. As this, however, did not complete the verse, I asked him to help out the melody. He replied, 'Why, I have sent you to heaven-it would be difficult to go further!' My attention for a few minutes was called to some other person, and his Lordship, whom I had hardly missed, exclaimed, 'Here, Nathan, I have brought you down again;' and immediately presented me the beautiful lines which con. clude the melody."-NATHAN.]
3.-Page 307, line 26.
And the last thought that soothes me below.
[Jephtha vowed, if he was victorious over the Ammonites, that whatever came forth from his house to meet him should be offered for a burnt offering. His daughter was the first to greet him, and at her own request-after bewailing her childless lot two months upon the mountains-she was sacrificed by her father. This is the version of the Bible history adopted by Lord Byron; but according to another interpretation, which agrees equally well with the original Hebrew of the vow, and better with the general tenor of the narrative, she was merely devoted to a single life.]
4.-Page 309, line 13.
And break at once-or yield to song.
["It was generally conceived that Lord Byron's reported singularities approached on some occasions to derangement; and at one period, indeed, it was very currently asserted that his intellects were actually impaired. The report only served to amuse his Lordship. He referred
to the circumstance, and declared that he would try how a madman could write: seizing the pen with eagerness, he for a moment fixed his eyes in majestic wildness on vacancy; when, like a flash of inspiration, without erasing a single word, the above verses were the result."-NATHAN.]
5.-Page 311, line 23.
Son and sire, the house of Saul!"
["Since we have spoken of witches," said Lord Byron at Cephalonia, in 1823, "what think you of the witch of Endor? I have always thought this the finest and most finished witch-scene that ever was written or conceived; and you will be of my opinion, if you consider all the circumstances and the actors in the case, together with the gravity simplicity, and dignity of the language."]
6. Page 316, line 18
HEROD'S LAMENT FOR MARIAMNE.
[Mariamne, the wife of Herod the Great, falling under the suspicion of infidelity, was put to death by his order. Ever after, Herod was haunted by the image of the murdered Mariamne, until disorder of the mind brought on disorder of body, which led to temporary derangement.MILMAN. When Lord Byron was in the midst of the altercations with his own wife, he asked Mr. Nathan to sing him this melody, and listened to it with an air of romantic regret.]