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DANIEL, by            
First Line: Imperial persia bowed to his wise sway
Last Line: Which past these visible horizons hide.
Subject(s): Daniel (Bible); Jews; Prayer; Judaism


IMPERIAL Persia bowed to his wise sway—
A hundred provinces his daily care;
A queenly city with its gardens fair
Smiled round him—but his heart was far away,
Forsaking pomp and power "three times a day."
For chamber lone, he seeks his solace there;
Through windows opening westward floats his prayer
Towards the dear distance where Jerusalem lay,
So let me morn, noon, evening, steal aside
And shutting my heart's door to earth's vain pleasure
And manifold solicitudes, find leisure
The windows of my soul to open wide.
Towards that blest city and that heavenly treasure
Which past these visible horizons hide.





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