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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
 
Introductory to Syria
Syria
Lord Morpeth (1802–1864)
 
BLOW, gentle airs! but on your balmy wing
I ask no flowery tribute of the spring,
No spicy buds in Antioch’s vale that bloom,
No silken stores from rich Aleppo’s loom,
Nor all the wealth that down Orontes’ tide        5
With Syrian softness hardier climes supplied.
Blow, gentle airs! on this fair Eastern eve,
With breath as holy as the land ye leave;
From Lebanon’s peaks, from blue Gennesareth’s shore,
On the worn heart divine refreshment pour;        10
From Nazareth’s slope, from high Capernaum’s crest,
Shed heavenly healing on the sinful breast;
And in the calm and brightness mirrored here
Waft the blest presage of a purer sphere.
 
 
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