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[Written in 1764, and now printed from the original manuscript, in Goldsmith's handwriting, in the possession of Mr. Murray.—See Life, ch. xiv. 1
First JEWISI PROPHET.
SCENE. — The Banks of the River Euphrates, near Babylon.
ACT I.--SCENE I.
ISRAELITES sitting on the Banks of the Euphrates.
Ye captive tribes, that hourly work and weep,
friend; Insulted, chain'd, and all the world a foe, Our God alone is all we boast below.
Our God is all we boast below,
To him we turn our eyes ;
Shall make our homage rise.
And though no temple richly drest,
Nor sacrifice is here;
And offer up a tear.
The first stanza repeated by the Chorus.
That strain once more: it bids remembrance rise,
O Memory, thou fond deceiver !
Still importunate and vain ;
And turning all the past to pain :
IIence, intruder, most distressing,
Seck the happy and the free;
Ever wants a friend in thee.
Yet, why complain? What, though by bonds confin'd,
The triumphs that on vice attend
As aromatic plants bestow
But hush, my sons ! our tyrant lords are near;