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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Sabbath Hymn
By Solomon Alkabiz
 
COME forth, my friend, the bride to meet,
Come, O my friend, the Sabbath greet.
 
“Observe ye” and “remember” still
The Sabbath—thus His holy will
God in one utterance did proclaim.        5
The Lord is One, and One His name
To Him renown and praise and fame.
  Come forth, my friend, the bride to meet,
  Come, O my friend, the Sabbath greet.
 
Greet we the Sabbath at our door,        10
Well-spring of blessing evermore
With everlasting gladness fraught,
Of old ordained, divinely taught,
Last in creation, first in thought.
  Come forth, my friend, the bride to meet,        15
  Come, O my friend, the Sabbath greet.
 
Arouse thyself, awake and shine,
For lo! it comes, the light divine;
Give forth a song and over thee
The glory of the Lord shall be        20
Revealed in beauty speedily.
  Come forth, my friend, the bride to meet,
  Come, O my friend, the Sabbath greet.
 
Crown of thy husband come in peace.
Come, bidding toil and trouble cease.        25
With joy and cheerfulness abide
Among thy people true and tried,
Thy faithful people—come O bride.
  Come forth, my friend, the bride to meet,
  Come, O my friend, the Sabbath greet.        30
 
 
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