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The first Song of Moses.
NOW shall the praises of the Lord be sung,
Those of his army, that were most renown'd
He hath together in the Red Sea drown'd: The deeps a covering over them were thrown, And to the bottom sunk they like a stone. Lord! by thy power thy right hand famous grows; Thy right hand, Lord ! 'thy foe destroyed hath; Thy glory thy opposers overthrows, And stubble-like consumes them in thy wrath.
A blast but from thy nostrils forth did go,
And up together did the waters flow; Yea, rolled up on heaps the liquid flood Amid the sea, as if congealed, stood.
I will pursue them ! their pursuer cried ;
Then from thy breath a gale of wind was sent,
The billows of the sea quite o'er them went,
Thy glorious right hand thou on high didst rear,
And in the earth they quickly swallow'd were ;
On Edom's princes shall amazement'fall;
The mighty men of Moab tremble shall;
For thou shalt make them to thy hill repair,
E'en there, where thou thy dwelling hast prepar'd,
The Lord shall ever and for ever reign,
The Lord did back again the sea recall,
And with those waters overwhelm'd them all ; But through the very inmost of the same The seed of Israel safe and dry-shod came.
The second Song of Moses.
TO what I speak, an ear, ye Heavens lend, And hear, thou Earth! what words I utter will. Like drops of rain my speeches shall descend, And as the dew my doctrine shall distill,
Like to the smaller rain on tender flowers,
And as upon the grass the greater showers;
Though they themselves defild, unlike his sons,
And are a crooked race of froward ones, O mad and foolish nation! why dost thou Thyself unto the Lord so thankless shew?
Thy Father and Redeemer is not be?
For if thou ask thy Father, he will tell;
Thy Elders also can inform thee well,
Whom finding in a place possest of none
A desart vast, untilled and unknown, He taught them there; he led them far and nigh, And kept them as the apple of his eye. Ev'n as an eagle to provoke her young, About her nest doth hover here and there, Spread forth her wings to train her birds along, And sometimes on her back her younglings bear;
Right so, the Lord conducted them alone,
When for his aid strange god with him was none; Them on the high-lands of the earth he set, Where they the plenties of the field might eat. For them he made the rock with honey flow; He drained oil from stones, and them did feed With milk of sheep, with butter of the cow, With goats, fat lambs, and rams of Bashan breed
The finest of the wheat he made their food,
And of the grapes they drunk the purest blood; But herewithal unthankful Israel So fat became, he kicked with his heel,
Grown fat, and with their grossness cover'd o'er,
To move his wrath they hateful things devis'd;
To Devils, in his stead, they sacrific'd; To gods unknown, that new invented were, And such as their fore-fathers did not fear. They minded not the Rock who them begat, But quite forgot the God that form'd them hath; Which when the Lord perceiv’d, it made him hate His sons and daughters, moving him to wrath.
To mark their end, said he, I'll hide my face,
For they are faithless sons, of froward race;
And down to Hell the Earth consume it shall,
E'en to the mountains' bottoms, fruit and all. In heaps upon them mischiefs will I throw, And shoot mine arrows till I have no moe. With hunger parched, and consum'd with heat, I will enforce them to a bitter end; The teeth of beasts I will upon them set, And will the pois’nous dust-fed serpent send.
The sword without, and fear within, shall slay Maids, young men, babes, and him whose hair
is grey ; Yea, I had vow'd to spread them here and there, Men might forget that such a people were.