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Dark hills of Moab! flinging down

Hymnal: Hymns of Faith and Hope (2nd series) #282 (1861) Hymnal Title: Hymns of Faith and Hope (2nd series)

The Mountains of Moab

Author: Horatius Bonar Hymnal: The Cyber Hymnal #9242 Meter: Hymnal Title: The Cyber Hymnal First Line: Dark hills of Moab! flinging down Lyrics: 1 Dark hills of Moab! flinging down Your shadows on this gloomy vale; Wild chasms! through which desert wind Rushes, in everlasting wail. 2 Mountains of silence! keeping watch Above this stagnant, sullen wave, Where sunshine seems to smile in vain O’er Sodom’s melancholy grave. 3 Day’s youngest beauty and its last Bathes your broad foreheads, stern and bare; Yet all unsoftened is their frown; No cheer, no love, no beauty there. 4 I may not climb your awful slopes; Yet, standing on this hungry shore, By this poor reed-brake of the sand, I count your shadows o’er and o’er. 5 In this lone lake, your ancient roots Lie steeped in bitterness and death; Your summits rise all verdureless, Scorched by its hot and hellish breath. 6 Yon sea! its molten silver spreads, And steams into the burning air; Yon sunlight that across it plays, How sad, and yet how strangely fair. 7 Haunt of old riot and lewd song, When Sodom spread its splendor here; O sea of wrath, how silent now! The shroud of cities and their bier. 8 O valley of the shade of death! O sea, of ancient sin the tomb! O hills, sin’s hoary monument, And type of the eternal doom! 9 Well might the prophet’s curse have come From peaks where horrors only dwell; And idol altars smoke on cliffs That seem the very gates of hell! 10 And yet ye gaze on Judah’s vales, Ye hear the rush of Jordan’s flood! Ye looked on Zion’s palace hill, And saw the temple of our God! Languages: English Tune Title: LLEF

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