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All, all is lost. The Syrian army fails,
Cyrus, the conqueror of the world, prevails !
The ruin smokes, the torrent pours along
How low the proud, how feeble are the strong!
Save us, O Lord ! to thee, though late, we pray,
And give repentance but an hour's delay.

First and Second PRIEST.

Thrice hapny, who in happy hour

To Heaven their praise bestow,
And own his all-consuming power

Before they feel the blow.



Now, now's our time! ye wretches bold and blind,
Brave but to God, and cowards to mankind;
Too late you seek that power unsought before,
Your wealth, your pride, your kingdom, are no more.


0, Lucifer, thou son of morn,
Alike of Heaven and man the foe;

Heaven, men, and all,

Now press thy fall,
And sink thee lowest of the low.


O, Babylon, how art thou fallen!
Thy fall more dreadful from delay!

Thy streets forlorn,

To wilds shall turn,
Where toads shall pant and vultures prey.



Such be her fate! But listen! from afar
The clarion's note proclaims the finish'd war.
Cyrus, our great restorer, is at hand,
And this


leads his formidable band. Give, give your songs of Zion to the wind, And hail the benefactor of mankind : He comes pursuant to divine decree, To chain the strong, and set the captive free.

Chorus of YOUTHS.

Rise to transports past expressing,

Sweeter from remember'd woes;
Cyrus comes, our wrongs redressing,

Comes to give the world repose.

Chorus of VIRGINS.

Cyrus comes the world redressing,

Love and pleasure in his train ;
Comes to heighten every blessing,

Comes to soften every pain.


Hail to him with mercy reigning,

Skill'd in every peaceful art;
Who from bonds our limbs unchaining,

Only binds the willing heart.

Last Chorus.

But chief to Thee, our God, defender, friend,

Let praise be given to all eternity ;
O Thou, without beginning, without end,

us, and all, begin and end in Theo.



[This poem was written in February, 1774, but was not published until after the author's decease. It arose not from a scene at the Literary Club in Gerrard-street, as sometimes said, but from a more miscellaneous meeting, consisting of a few of its members and their friends who assembled to dine at the St. James's Coffeehouse. Much mirth and convivial pleasantry appear to have resulted from their meetings. The late Sir George Beaumont mentioned that whatever was the dinner hour, whether in a private or public party, Goldsmith always came late and generally in a bustle. A peculiarity like this drew attention upon him at table, and became a source of banter to his companions. This led to further observation : his person, dialect, and manners, his genius mingled with peculiarities, his negligences and blunders, often no doubt the effect of abstraction, furnished a theme for jocular notice, too tempting to be lost by men drawn together to amuse and be amused; and the remark of some one, how he would be estimated by posterity, first gave rise to the idea of characterizing him by epitaphs. It does not appear that many were written, or none that deserved remembrance, except that by Garrick, of which the following is stated to be an exact copy :

Here lies Poet Goldsunith, for shortnes called Noll,
Who wrote like an angel, but talk'd like poor Poll.”

See Life, ch. xxi.)

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