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Secondary Scholarship | 2004
Transcription The numerals at the poem's end refer to Herder's work (volume 2, p. 127), where
appears this passage:

The first sensuous impression, which Moses gave his people respecting
the providence of God over this country, was obviously such as this. *

It is a land unlike to Egypt,
whose waters flow from rivers;
A land of hills and valleys,
That drinketh rain from heaven.
Thy God doth visit it continually,
Jehovah's eyes behold it
From the beginning of the year,
Until the end thereof.

*Deuteronomy. xi. 10. 12.

Herder's verses, as translated from the German by Marsh, are themselves a
versification of Scripture, which in the King James version reads:

But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys,
and drinketh water of the rain of heaven: And a land which the Lord thy
careth for: the eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the
beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.

Simms's second manuscript poem is untitled. It is an epigram in the form
of an iambic tetrameter couplet:

She eats the fruit without alarm,
Then wipes her mouth, & where the harm?

Again, the numerals refer to the page number in volume two, where Herder wrote
a versification of Proverbs 30: 20:

Such also is the way of an adulteress,
She eateth, and then wipeth her mouth,
And saith, "I've done no wickedness."