45. The Patient Church

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          BIDE thou thy time!
Watch with meek eyes the race of pride and crime,
Sit in the gate, and be the heathen's jest,
          Smiling and self-possest.
O thou, to whom is pledged a victor's sway,
          Bide thou the victor's day!

          Think on the sin [Note 1]
That reap'd the unripe seed, and toil'd to win
Foul history-marks at Bethel and at Dan;
          No blessing, but a ban;
Whilst the wise Shepherd [Note 2] hid his heaven-told fate,
          Nor reck'd a tyrant's hate.

          Such loss is gain;
Wait the bright Advent that shall loose thy chain! {93}
E'en now the shadows break, and gleams divine
          Edge the dim distant line.
When thrones are trembling, and earth's fat ones quail,
          True Seed! thou shalt prevail!

Off Algiers
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December 20, 1832.

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Notes

1. Jeroboam.
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2. David.
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