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Triumphant music floats along the vale ;
Enter CHALDEAN Priests, attended.
Come on, my companions, the triumph display;
Let rapture the minutes employ;
And our monarch partakes in the joy.
Like the sun, our great monarch all rapture supplies,
Both similar blessings bestow :
And our monarch enlivens below.
A Chaldean WOMAN.
Haste, ye sprightly sons of pleasure ;
Leave all other joys for me.
A Chaldean ATTENDANT.
Or rather Love's delights despising,
Wine shall bless the brave and free.
Wine and beauty thus inviting,
Whither shall my choice incline ?
I'll waste no longer thought in choosing;
I'll make them both together mine.
But whence, when joy should brighten o'er the land,
Bow'd down with chains, the scorn of all mankind,
Insulting slaves ! if gentler methods fail,
Why, let them come, one good remains to cheer ;
Can whips or tortures hurt the mind
Scene as before.
Chorus of ISRAELITES.
Dispense thy balmy store:
Shall vanish as we soar.
Compliance with his will your peace secures,
the favors offer'd at his hand; Think, timely think, what terrors are behind; Reflect, nor tempt to rage the royal mind.
Fierce is the whirlwind howling
O’er Afric's sandy plain,
Along the furrow'd main :
But storms that fly,
To rend the sky,
Less dreadful show
To worlds below
Ah, me! what angry terrors round us grow:
soul to meet the threaten'd blow! Ye prophets, skill'd in Heaven's eternal truth, Forgive my sex's fears, forgive my youth! If shrinking thus, when frowning power appears, I wish for life, and yield me to my fears. Let us one hour, one little hour obey; To-morrow's tears may wash our stains away.
To the last moment of his breath,
On hope the wretch relies ;
Bids expectation rise.
Adorns and cheers our way;
Emits a brighter ray.*
Why this delay ? At length for joy prepare ;
See the ruddy morning smiling,
[" Fatigued with life, yet loth to pari,
On hope the wretch relies;
Bids the deluler ric.
" Hope, like the taper's gleamy light,
Adorns the wretch's way:
Emits a brighter ray."'-- Orig. MS)