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With heat o'erlabored and the length of way, On Ethan's beach the bands of Israel lay.T was silence all, the sparkling sands along, Save where the locust trilled her feeble song, Or blended soft in drowsy cadence fell The wave's low whisper or the camel's bell.— 'T was silence all.—The flocks for shelter fly Where, waving light, the acacia shadows lie, Or where, from far, the flattering vapors make The noontide semblance of a misty lake:While the mute swain, in careless safety spread, With arms enfolded, and dejected head, Dreams o'er his wondrous call, his lineage high, And, late revealed, h'is children's destiny. For, not in vain, in thraldom's darkest hour,
Had sped from Amram's sons the word of power, Nor failed the dreadful wand, whose god-like
sway Could lure the locust from her airy way, With reptile war assail their proud abodes, And mar the giant pomp of Egypt's gods. O helpless gods, who nought availed to shield From fiery rain your Zoan's favored field. O helpless gods, who saw the curdled blood Taint the pure lotus of your ancient flood, And fourfold-night the wondering earth enchain, While Memnon's orient harp was heard in vain. Such musings held the tribes, till now the west With milder influence on their temples pressed; And that portentous cloud which, all the day, Hung its dark curtain o'er their weary way, (A cloud by day, a friendly flame by night,) Rolled back its misty veil, and kindled into light. Soft fell the eve. But, ere the day was done, Tall, waving banners streaked the level sun; And wide and dark along th' horizon red, In sandy surge the rising desert spread.— 'Mark, Israel, mark!'—On that strange sight
intent, In breathless terror, every eye was bent, And busy faction's undistinguised hum,
And female shrieks arose, 'They come, they come!'
gold, Saw ye how swift the scythed chariot rolled? Lo, these are they whom, lords of Afiic's fates, Old Thebes had poured through all her hundred
gates, Mother of armies. How the emeralds glowed, Where, flushed with power and vengeance, Pharaoh rode;