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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
To Judah Ha-Levi
By M. L. R. Breslar
IMPASSIONED hours, when Hebrew was the key
To sweetest rivalries ’twixt man and man.
  And poets sat enthroned amidst a clan
Of choristers divine. How blithesomely
Those skylarks trilled, and flooded earth and sea        5
  With music, till the words enchanted fell
  In mute prostration ’neath the wizard’s spell,
And master note in Hebrew minstrelsy.
At sunrise, or in watches of the night,
  When half a world is sunk in drowsiness,        10
Sing to me of Castilian skies, O Sprite!
  Where Lilith veils her luresome loveliness,
And I will stretch a tankard for the wine,
And froth it full of tears for Spain’s decline.

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