Mount Ebal

Nicholas Michell

And Ebal, towering north of Shechem's vale,
Lifts its wild rocks, and echoes back the tale;
Each knoll in emerald mantle seems arrayed,
And countless rills make music through the shade.*

Author's Note: Ebal, the Mount of Cursing, is situated north of Gerizim, the Turkish town of Nanions lying in the hollow between them; the fine vale of Shechem is said to be watered by 365 springs.


Schechem is the biblical name for Nablus, a city in the West Bank.