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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
 
Syria: Bethany
Bethany
John Keble (1792–1866)
 
(From Advent Sunday)

AND fast beside the olive-bordered way
Stands the blessed home, where Jesus deigned to stay,
    The peaceful home, to zeal sincere
    And heavenly contemplation dear,
Where Martha loved to wait with reverence meet,        5
And wiser Mary lingered at Thy sacred feet.
 
Still through decaying ages as they glide,
Thou lov’st thy chosen remnant to divide;
    Sprinkled along the waste of years
    Full many a soft green isle appears:        10
Pause where we may upon the desert road,
Some shelter is in sight, some sacred safe abode.
 
 
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