Solomon’s Temple

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    Altars of gold, costly stones,
    Doors from the olive tree,
    Golden basons, bowls, and spoons,
    A brazen molten sea,
    Pillars of brass, precious stones,
    Veils of purple and blue,
    Iron, linen, timber, stone,
    Silver and spices, too,
    Ceilings of fir, lamps of gold,
    Walls of cedar stood high,
    Candlesticks of gold within—
    All was then sanctified.
    Each piece was carved and fashioned—
    Cherub and laver alike—
    Measured, cut, chiseled, and shaped
    Before being brought to the site,
    For in that holy temple
    No tool of any kind
    Was ever heard while building
    That hallowed house divine.

    [illustration] Illustrated by Doug Roy