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But now my soul, unused to stretch her
powers In flight so daring, drops her weary wing, And seeks again the known accustomed spot, Drest up with sun, and shade, and lawns, and streams,
A mansion fair, and spacious for its guest,
Unlock the glories of the world unknown.
DEEP in Sabea's fragrant groves retired,
Long had they trained the’ inquiring youth,
And sung in solemn verse mysterious truth.
Derived from Egypt's elder race;
And all Arabia’s glowing store
Stars, plants and gems, and talismans they knew, And far was spread their fame and wide their praises grew.
The' admiring East their praises spread :
The fond complaint renewed,
For human guilt and mortal woe
Their sympathizing sorrows flow;
They mourned the narrow bounds assigned
They mourned the ills they could not cure,
The great Eternal had made known,
And oft the starry cope of heaven beneath,
With fixed feet, as rooted there,
Through the long night they drew the chilly air ;
While sliding o'er their head,
In solemn silence dread,
The' ethereal orbs their shining course pursued,
And to that Heaven they knew, their orisons addresst.
A Star appears ; they marked its kindling beam
The lesser lights that deck the sky,
At the fair stranger seemed to gaze,
The blameless men the wonder saw,
And hailed the joyful sign with pious awe;.
They knew 't was none of all the train
With which in shadowy forms and shapes uncouth,
Monsters of earth and of the main,
Remote from nature as from truth,
Their learned pens the sky had figured o'er :
Nor e'er did wandering planet stoop so low
The heavenly impulse they obey,
The new-born light directs their way; Through deserts never marked by human tread, And billowy waves of loose, unfaithful sand, O’er many an unknown hill and foreign strand
The silver clue unerring led, And peopled towns they pass, and glittering spires ; No cloud could veilits light, no sun could quench its fires.
Thus passed the venerable pilgrims on,
Not in her marble courts to rest,