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The Lament

Language: English

I sigh as I sing for the story land
Across the Syrian sea.
The odorous winds from the musky sand
Were breaths of life to me.
They play with the plumes of the whisp'ring palm
For me, alas, no more.
No more does the Nile in the moonlit calm
Moan past the Memphian shore.
Nilus! thou God of my fainting soul,
In dreams thou comest to me,
And dreaming I play with the lotus bowl,
And sing sad songs to thee,
And hear from afar the Memnonian strain
And calls from dear Simbel,
And wake to a passion of grief and pain
That e'er I said Farewell.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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