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TADMOR OF THE WILDERNESS.
J. H. Bright
J. E. Dow.
TELL have we speeded, and o'er hill and dale,
Forest and field and flood, temples and towers, Cut shorter many a league: here thou behold'st Assyria, and her empire's ancient bounds, Araxes and the Caspian lake; thence on As far as Indus east, Euphrates west, And oft beyond : to south the Persian bay, And, inaccessible, the Arabian drouth: Here Nineveh, of length within her wall Several days' journey, built by Ninus old, Of that first golden monarchy the seat, And seat of Salmanassar, whose success Israel in long captivity still mourns : There Babylon, the wonder of all tongues, As ancient, but rebuilt by him who twice Judah and all thy father David's house Led captive, and Jerusalem laid waste, Till Cyrus set them free; Persepolis, His city, there thou seest, and Bactra there;
Ecbatana her structure vast there shows,
He looked, and saw what numbers numberless