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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Watchman! What of the Night?
By James Mew
THE BURDEN of Dumah. Silence. What of the night?
  I hear the Watchman crying through the dark.
  When to the golden cover of Thine Ark
Thy Mercy seat, wilt Thou, O God of Light
Return? How long wilt Thou Thy remnant smite,        5
  And thresh the scattered corn upon Thy floor,
  And winnow with Thy purging fan, before
That last least grain be garnered! Will Thy might
  Destroy, nor spare? Lo, as a tale that is told,
Our days pass quickly, nor as yet the thorn        10
  Yields to the fir. No more from us withhold
The Prince of Peace, that unto us is born:
  Our bones, O Lord, are vexed, our eyes wax old
With longing for that Messianic morn.

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