Lord Byron

On Jordan’s Banks

On Jordan’s banks the Arab’s camels stray, On Sion’s hill the False One’s votaries pray, The Baal-adorer bows on Sinai’s steep – Yet there – even there – Oh God! thy thunders sleep: There – where thy finger scorch’d the tablet stone! There – where thy shadow to thy people shone! Thy glory shrouded in its garb of fire: Thyself – none living see and not expire! Oh! in the lightning let thy glance appear; Sweep from his shiver’d hand the oppressor’s spear! How long by tyrants shall thy land be trod? How long thy temple worshipless, Oh God?

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