Reposed in cirque, nor wanting grace,
Whose tones went eddying down the glen:
No more the princes flout the word--
Jeremiah's in dungeon cast:
The siege is up, the walls give way:
This desolation is the last.
The Chaldee army, pouring in,
Fiercer grown for disarray,
Hunt Zedekiah that fleeth out:
Baal and Assyria win:
Israel's last king is shamed in rout,
Taken and blinded, chains put on,
And captive dragged to Babylon.
O daughter of Jerusalem,
Cast up the ashes on the brow!
Nergal and Samgar, Sarsechim
Break down thy towers, abase thee now.
Oh, now each lover leaveth!
None comfort me, she saith:
Abroad the sword bereaveth:
At home there is as death.
Behold, behold! the days foretold begin:
A sword without--the pestilence within.
First and Second Voices
But thou that pull'st the city down,
Ah, vauntest thou thy glory so?
Second and Third Voices
God is against thee, haughty one;
His archers roundabout thee go:
Earth shall be moved, the nations groan
At the jar of Bel and Babylon
In din of overthrow.
But Zion shall be built again!
Third and Fourth Voices
Nor shepherd from the flock shall sever;
For lo, his mercy doth remain,
His tender mercy--
Forever and forever!