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With half-clos'd eye a lion there
Or prowls in twilight gloom.
Sprang from rough ocean's womb.
But where are now his eagle wings, That shelter'd erst a thousand kings,
Hiding the glorious sky From half the nations, till they own No holier name, no mightier throne ?
That vision is gone by.
Quench'd is the golden statue's ray", The breath of heaven has blown
away What toiling earth had pild, Scattering wise heart and crafty hand, As breezes strew on ocean's sand
The fabrics of a child.
Divided thence through every age
3 Daniel vii. 4.
h Daniel ii. and iii.
And hoarse and jarring all Mount up their heaven assailing cries To thy bright watchmen in the skies
From Babel's shatter'd wall.
Thrice only since, with blended might
Have met to scale the heaven :
Such power to guilt was given.
Now the fierce Bear and Leopard keen Are perish'd as they ne'er had been,
Oblivion is their home : Ambition's boldest dream and last Must melt before the clarion blast
That sounds the dirge of Rome.
Heroes and Kings, obey the charm, Withdraw the proud high-reaching arm
There is an oath on high,
i Daniel vii, 5, 6.
That ne'er on brow of mortal birth
Nor in according cry
Her many voices mingling own
But to His triumph soon
All tongues of men shall tune.
Nor let Ambition heartless mourn ;
Her high desires may breathe ;-O'ercome thyself, and thou may’st share With Christ his Father's throne', and wear
The world's imperial wreath.
k Zephaniah iii. 9. “ Then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent.” 1 Revelations
21. “ him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne.”
TUESDAY IN WHITSUN-WEEK.
When He putteth forth His own sheep, He goeth before them. St. John X. 4.
(Addressed to Candidates for Ordination.)
LORD, in thy field I work all day,
I journey, yet no step is won-
What? wearied out with half a life?
How could'st thou hang upon the cross,
Yet ere thy craven spirit faints,
He is th' eternal mirror bright,
Early to quit his home on earth,
Yet in meek duty to abide