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[249] Rock of the desert, prophet-sung!
     How grew its shadowing pile at length,
A symbol, in the Hebrew tongue,
     Of God's eternal love and strength.

On lip of bard and scroll of seer,
     From age to age went down the name,
Until the Shiloh's promised year,
     And Christ, the Rock of Ages, came!

The path of life we walk to-day
     Is strange as that the Hebrews trod;
We need the shadowing rock, as they,—
     We need, like them, the guides of God.

God send His angels, Cloud and Fire,
     To lead us o'er the desert sand!
God give our hearts their long desire,
     His shadow in a weary land!

1859.

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