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THY DAYS ARE DONE.
1 The days are done, thy fame begun;
Thy country's strains record
The slaughters of his sword !
The freedom he restored !
2. Though thou art fall'n, while we are free
Thou shalt not taste of death! The generous blood that flow'd from thee
Disdain'd to sink beneath : Within our veins its currents be,
Thy spirit on our breath!
Shall be the battle-word!
From virgin voices pour'd!
Thou shalt not be deplored.
SONG OF SAUL BEFORE HIS LAST
WARRIORS and Chiefs ! should the shaft or the sword
2. Thou who art bearing my buckler and bow, Should the soldiers of Saul look away from the foe, Stretch me that moment in blood at thy feet! Mine be the doom which they dared not to meet.
Farewell to others, but never we part,
1. Tuou whose spell can raise the dead,
Bid the prophet's form appear. " Samuel, raise thy buried head!
“ King, behold the phantom seer !" Earth yawn'd; he stood the centre of a cloud: Light changed its hue, retiring from his shroud. Death stood all glassy in his fixed eye; His hand was wither'd, and his veins were dry; His foot, in bony whiteness, glitter'd there, Shrunken and sinewless, and ghastly bare: From lips that moved not and unbreathing frame, Like cavern'd winds, the hollow accents came. Saul saw, and fell to earth, as falls the oak, At once, and blasted by the thunder-stroke.
“ Ere the coming day is done, “ Such shalt thou be, such thy son. “ Fare thee well, but for a day; “ Then we mix our mouldering clay. “ Thou, thy race, lie pale and low, “ Pierced by shafts of many a bow; “ And the falchion by thy side “ To thy heart, thy hand shall guide: “ Crownless, breathless, headless fall, “ Son and sire, the house of Saul!"
« ALL IS VANITY, SAITH THE
1. Fame, wisdom, love, and power were mine,
And health and youth possess'd me; My goblets blush'd from every vine,
And lovely forms caress'd me;
heart in beauty's eyes, And felt
grow tender; All earth can give, or mortal prize,
Was mine of regal splendour.
2. I strive to number o'er what days
Remembrance can discover, Which all that life or earth displays
Would lure me to live over.
There rose no day, there rolld no hour
Of pleasure unembitter'd;
That gall’d not while it glitter'd.