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First Line: She stood - a hill-ensceptred queen
Last Line: And only left her story.
Subject(s): Jews


She stood -- a hill-ensceptred Queen,
The glory streaming from her;
While Heaven flashed her rays between,
And shed eternal summer.

The gates of morning opened wide
On sunny dome and steeple;
Noon gleamed upon the mountain-side
Thronged with a happy people;

And twilight's drowsy, half closed eyes
Beheld that virgin splendour
Whose orbs were as her darkening skies,
And as her spirit, tender.

Girt with that strength, first-born of right,
Held fast by deeds of honour,
Her robe she wove with rays more bright
Than Heaven could rain upon her.

Where is that light -- that citadel?
That robe with woof of glory?
She lost her virtue and she fell,
And only left her story.






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