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The SONG of SIMEON paraphrased.

1 'TIS enough the hour is come.
2 Now within the silent tomb
3 Let this mortal frame decay,
4 Mingled with its kindred clay;
5 Since thy mercies oft of old
6 By thy chosen seers foretold,
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7 Faithful now and stedfast prove,
8 God of truth and God of love!
9 Since at length my aged eye
10 Sees the day-spring from on high.
11 Son of righteousness, to thee
12 Lo! the nations bow the knee,
13 And the realms of distant kings
14 Own the healing of thy wings.
15 Those whom death had overspread
16 With his dark and dreary shade,
17 Lift their eyes, and from afar
18 Hail the light of Jacob's star;
19 Waiting till the promis'd ray
20 Turn their darkness into day.
21 See the beams intensely shed
22 Shine o'er Sion's favour'd head.
23 Never may they hence remove,
24 God of truth and God of love!

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    Title (in Source Edition): The SONG of SIMEON paraphrased.
    Author: James Merrick
    Themes: religion
    Genres: song; imitation; translation; paraphrase
    References: DMI 27930

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. VI. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 295-296. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.006) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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