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First Line: There is no need to fear for ishmael
Last Line: And darkly broods above jerusalem.
Alternate Author Name(s): Elliot, Jane
Subject(s): Ishmael (Bible)

There is no need to fear for Ishmael,
Though driven from his father's tents was he,
And forced, with Hagar, through the night to flee
Across the sands he came to love so well.

There is no truth in stories that he fell,
For he arose, and, roaming wild and free,
There in the desert, where his strength will be,
His voice is heard like clarion bell.

He is the falcon of those eastern lands,
Since driven forth so long ago by them
Who hated him, across those desert sands.

This falcon stoops to seize the diadem
Of David's kingdom in his hardy hands,
And darkly broods above Jerusalem.

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