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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
The Fall of Jerusalem
By Alfred Tennyson
JERUSALEM! Jerusalem!
Thou art low; thou mighty one,
How is the brilliance of thy diadem,
How is the lustre of thy throne
Rent from thee, and thy sun of fame        5
Darken’d by the shadowy pinion
Of the Roman bird, whose sway
All the tribes of earth obey,
Crouching ’neath his dread dominion,
And the terrors of his name!        10
How is thy royal seat—whereon
Sat in days of yore
Lowly Jesse’s godlike son,
And the strength of Solomon,
In those rich and happy times        15
When the ships from Tarshish bore
Incense, and from Ophir’s land,
With silken sail and cedar oar,
Wafting to Judea’s strand
All the wealth of foreign climes—        20
How is thy royal seat o’erthrown!
Gone is all thy majesty;
Salem! Salem! City of kings,
Thou sittest desolate and lone,
Where once the glory of the Most High        25
Dwelt visibly enshrined between the wings
Of Cherubins, within whose bright embrace
The golden mercy-seat remain’d;
Land of Jehovah! view that sacred place
Abandon’d and profaned!        30

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