76. Heathenism

       'MID Balak's magic fires
The Spirit spake, clear as in Israel;
With prayers untrue and covetous desires
       Did God vouchsafe to dwell;
Who summon'd dreams, His earlier word to bring
To patient Job's vex'd friends, and Gerar's guileless

       If such o'erflowing grace
From Aaron's vest e'en on the Sibyl ran,
Why should we fear, the Son now lacks His place
       Where roams unchristen'd man?
As though, where faith is keen, He cannot make
Bread of the very stones, or thirst with ashes slake.

April 21, 1833.

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