Poetry: Lord Byron - Hebrew Melodies - Part 7 - On the day of the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus - By the rivers of Babylon we sat down and wept - Links to more Byron

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ON THE DAY OF THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM
            BY TITUS.


From the last hill that looks on thy once holy dome
I beheld thee, O Sion! when render'd to Rome:
'Twas thy last sun went down, and the flames of thy fall
Flash'd back on the last glance I gave to thy wall.

I look'd for thy temple, I look'd for my home,
And forgot for a moment the bondage to come;
I beheld but the death-fire that fed on thy fane,
And the fast-fetter'd hands that made vengeance in vain.

On many an eve, the high spot whence I gazed
Had reflected the last beam of day as it blazed:
While I stood on the height, and beheld the decline
Of the rays from mountain that shone on thy shrine.

And now on that mountain I stood on that day,
But I mark'd not the twilight beam melting away;
Oh! would that the lightning had glared in its stead,
And the thunderbolt burst on the conqueror's head!

But the gods of the Pagan shall never profane
The shrine where Jehovah disdain'd not to reign;
And scatter'd and scorn'd as Thy people may be,
Our worship, O Father! is only for Thee.





BY THE RIVERS OF BABYLON WE SAT DOWN AND WEPT.

We sate down and wept by the waters
 Of Babel, and thought of the day
When our foe, in the hue of his slaughters,
 Made Salem's high places his prey;
And ye, oh her desolate daughters!
 Were scatter'd all weeping away.

While sadly we gazed on the river
 Which roll'd on in freedom below,
They demanded the song; but, oh, never
 That triumph the stranger shall know!
May this right hand be wither'd for ever,
 Ere it string our high harp for the foe!

On the willow that harp is suspended,
 O Salem! its sound should be free;
And the hour when thy glories were ended
 But left me that token of thee:
And ne'er shall its soft tones be blended
 With the voice of the spoiler by me!





Childe Harold's Pilgrimage


Hebrew Melodies

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