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* (Written in 1764, and now printed from the original manuscript, in Goldsmith's handwriting, in the possession of Mr. Murray.—See LIFE, ch. xiv.1
First JEWISH PROPHET.
SCENE.- The Banks of the River Euphrates, near Babylon THE CAPTIVITY.
ACT I.--SCENE I.
ISRAELITES sitting on the Banks of the Euphrates,
Ye captive tribes, that hourly work and weep,
Suspend awhile the task, the tear suspend,
Our God is all we boast below,
To him we turn our eyes ;
Shall make our homage rise.
And though no temple richly drest,
Nor sacrifice is here;
And offer up a tear.
The first stanza repeated by the Chorus.
That strain once more: it bids remembrance rise,
O Memory, thou fond decciver!
Still importunate and vain ;
And turning all the past to pain :
Hence, intruder, most distressing,
Seck the happy and the free;
Ever wants a friend in thee.
Yet, why complain? What, though by bonds confin'd,
The triumphs that on vice attend
As aromatic plants bestow
But hush, my sons ! our tyrant lords are near;