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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
 
Syria: Bethlehem
When Jordan Hushed His Waters Still
Thomas Campbell (1777–1844)
 
(From Christmas Hymn)

WHEN Jordan hushed his waters still,
And silence slept on Zion’s hill;
When Salem’s shepherds through the night
Watched o’er their flocks by starry light,—
 
Hark! from the midnight hills around,        5
A voice, of more than mortal sound,
In distant hallelujahs stole,
Wild murmuring o’er the raptured soul.
 
Then swift to every startled eye,
New streams of glory gild the sky;        10
Heaven bursts her azure gates, to pour
Her spirits to the midnight hour.
 
On wheels of light, on wings of flame,
The glorious hosts to Zion came;
High heaven with songs of triumph rung,        15
While thus they smote their harps and sung:
 
“O Zion! lift thy raptured eye:
The long-expected hour is nigh;
The joys of nature rise again;
The Prince of Salem comes to reign.        20
 
See Mercy, from her golden urn,
Pours a rich stream to them that mourn;
Behold, she binds, with tender care,
The bleeding bosom of Despair.
 
He comes to cheer the trembling heart,        25
Bids Satan and his host depart;
Again the day-star gilds the gloom,
Again the bowers of Eden bloom.
 
O Zion! lift thy raptured eye:
The long-expected hour is nigh;        30
The joys of nature rise again;
The Prince of Salem comes to reign.”
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