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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Lament for Jerusalem
By Marion and Celia Moss
 
JERUSALEM! on thy ruin’d walls
  The sun yet sheds its glittering rays,
And shines amid thy lonely halls
  As once it shone in happier days:
And Judea’s clime is still as fair,        5
Though Judah’s sons are outcasts there.
 
How long shall pagan foot profane
  Jehovah’s hallowed shrine;
And memories alone remain
  Of all that once was thine?        10
How long shall we, thy children, roam
As exiles from our native home?
 
To weep o’er Salem’s blighted fame,
  To gaze upon her strand,
Is all the heritage we claim        15
  Within our fatherland;
To mourn o’er our free parents’ graves
That we, their children, are but slaves.
 
When will that glorious hour come?
  When shall we once more see        20
Thy temple rear its stately dome,
  Thy children with the free?
And thou, our fair, ill-fated land;
Amongst the nations take thy stand?
 
 
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