55. Melchizedek

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"Without father, without mother, without descent; having
neither beginning of days, nor end of life."

THRICE bless'd are they, who feel their loneliness;
    To whom nor voice of friends nor pleasant scene
    Brings aught on which the sadden'd heart can
        lean;
Yea, the rich earth, garb'd in her daintiest dress
Of light and joy, doth but the more oppress,
    Claiming responsive smiles and rapture high;
    Till, sick at heart, beyond the veil they fly,
Seeking His Presence, who alone can bless.
Such, in strange days, the weapons of Heaven's
        grace;
When, passing o'er the high-born Hebrew line,
He moulds the vessel of His vast design;
Fatherless, homeless, reft of age and place,
Sever'd from earth, and careless of its wreck,
Born through long woe His rare Melchizedek.

Corfu
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January 5, 1833.

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