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    I.   Table of Contents     BELSHAZZER'S FEAST.

Bibb, Eloise
Poems

- JUDITH.
- II.

II.


O sound the trumpets; let the bells ring
out,
Their cadence has a mournful sound
throughout,
To merry hearts a night of joy they tell,
To one they ring a solemn funeral knell.
A banquet Holofernes gives to-night,
And honors Judith who has charmed his
sight.
But he and officers have drunk so free,
They fail their imminent danger now to
see;
Upon their couches wrapt in soundest sleep,
Forgetful of the vigils they should keep.
But who is this so near the tyrant's tent,
With eyes uplifted prayerfully is bent?
Then softly rising, near his couch she
steals,
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With one wild prayer again to heaven appeals;
Then from its scabbard soon his sword she
draws,
And lifts aloft-- and then, one awful pause
Before it falls. She quickly grasps the
head,
For Holofernes, Juda's foe, is dead.
Rejoice, Bethulia, God has pitied thee,
And noble Judith set thy people free.
O, hail to thee, thou joy of Israel!
Thy name o'er nations cast a wholesome
spell,
Long live thy valor 'mong the deeds of
fame,
And may oblivion never know thy name,
Thou art the glory of Jerusalem,
Of dauntless knights, thou art the queen of
them,
Posterity will ever reverence thee,
Before thy shrine all Juda bends the knee.
Stay any rejoicings yet a longer time,
And honor Judith with anthems divine.
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    I.   Table of Contents     BELSHAZZER'S FEAST.