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    Henry Hart Milman
Excerpt from book: The quiver of thy noontide rays Exhaust in all their fiery blaze, Upon the cloud-aspiring throne Where rests the God of Babylon! So shall the God in glory come Down to his sumptuous earthly home. Hear! Monarch of the Planets! hear— And pause upon thy fleet career. The Quarter of the Jewish Slaves. Imlah, Naomi, Benina. BENINA. Father! dear Father! said'st thou that our feet Shall tread the glittering paths of Sion's hill: And that our lips shall breathe the fragrant airs That blow from dewy Hermon, and the fount Of Siloe flow in liquid music by us ? IMLAH. Oh, daughter of captivity, and born To eat the bitter bread of servitude, Benina, child of sadness !—yet the dearer Because thou art the joy of desolate hearts That have no joy but thee !—what knowest thou Of that fair city, where our Fathers dwelt While unforsaken by their God ? BENINA.' . My father! Have I not seen my mother and thyself Sit by the river side, and dwell for ever On Salem's glories, and the Temple's pride, Till tears have choked your sad though pleasant speech ? In the deep midnight, when our lords are sleeping, I've seen the Brethren from the willows take Their wind-caressed harps, their half-breath'd sounds Scarce louder than the rippling rivers dash Around the matted sedge: and still they pour'd Their voices down the stream, as though they wish'd Their songs to pass away to other lands Beyond the bounds of their captivity. IVe listen'd in an ecstacy of tears, Till purer waters seem'd to wander near me, And sweeter flowers to bloom beneath my feet, And towers of fairer structure to arise Under the moonlight: and I felt the joy Of freedom in my light and sportive limbs. IMLAH. My sweetest child, and thou that gaVst to me This dearest treasure, Naomi, thyself, Even as thou w...  
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  • Henry Hart Milman
  • General Books LLC
  • Unknown
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  • Literature Fiction
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