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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
By Richard Wilton
IMPERIAL Persia bowed to his wise sway—
  A hundred provinces his daily care;
  A queenly city with its gardens fair
Smiled round him—but his heart was far away,
Forsaking pomp and power “three times a day.”        5
  For chamber lone, he seeks his solace there;
  Through windows opening westward floats his prayer
Towards the dear distance where Jerusalem lay,
So let me morn, noon, evening, steal aside
  And shutting my heart’s door to earth’s vain pleasure        10
  And manifold solicitudes, find leisure
The windows of my soul to open wide
  Towards that blest city and that heavenly treasure
Which past these visible horizons hide.

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