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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
The Wild Gazelle
By Lord Byron
THE WILD gazelle on Judah’s hills
  Exulting yet may bound,
And drink from all the living rills
  That gush on holy ground;
Its airy step and glorious eye        5
May glance in tameless transport by:—
A step as fleet, an eye more bright,
  Hath Judah witness’d there,
And o’er her scenes of lost delight
  Inhabitants more fair.        10
The cedars wave on Lebanon,
But Judah’s statelier maids are gone!
More blest each palm that shades those plains
  Than Israel’s scatter’d race;
For, taking root, it there remains        15
  In solitary grace;
It cannot quit its place of birth,
It will not live in other earth.
But we must wander witheringly,
  In other lands to die;        20
And where our fathers’ ashes be,
  Our own may never lie:
Our temple hath not left a stone,
And Mockery sits on Salem’s throne.

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