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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Mo’oz Tsur Yeshu’osi
By Trans. Solomon Solis Cohen
(A Chanukah Hymn)

MIGHTY, praised beyond compare,
            Rock of my salvation,
Build again my house of pray’r
            For Thy habitation!
Haste my restoration; let a ransomed nation        5
            Joyful sing
            To its King
      Psalms of dedication!
Woe was mine in Egypt-land
            (Tyrant kings enslaved me)        10
Till Thy mighty, outstretched Hand
            From oppression saved me.
Pharaoh, rash pursuing, vowed my swift undoing;
            Soon, his host
            That proud boast        15
      ’Neath the waves was rueing!
To Thy Holy Hill, the way
            Mad’st Thou clear before me;
With false gods I went astray—
            Foes to exile bore me.        20
Torn from all I cherished, almost had I perished;
            Babylon fell,
      Bad’st Thou to restore me!
Then the vengeful Haman wrought        25
            Subtly to betray me;
In his snare himself he caught—
            He that plann’d to slay me.
(Haled from Esther’s palace, hanged on his own gallows!)
            Seal and ring        30
            Persia’s king
      Gave Thy servant zealous.
When the brave Asmonèans broke
            Javan’s chain in sunder,
Through the holy oil, Thy folk        35
            Didst Thou show a wonder.
Ever full remain-ed the vessel unprofan-ed;
            These eight days,
            Lights and praise
      Therefore, were ordain-ed.        40
Lord, Thy Holy Arm make bare,
            Speed my restoration;
Be my martyr’s blood Thy care—
            Judge each guilty nation.
Long is my probation; sore my tribulation;        45
            Bid, from Heaven,
            Thy shepherds seven,
      Haste to my salvation!

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