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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Lord, I Remember
By Mordecai ben Shabbethai (Trans. Nina Davis)
 
LORD, I remember, and am sore amazed
  To see each city standing in her state,
And God’s own city to the low grave razed:
  Yet in all time we look to Thee and wait.
 
Send us Thy mercy, O Redeemer! Make,        5
  O Thou my soul, to Him thy mournful plaint;
And crave compassion for my people’s sake:
  Each head is weary and each heart is faint.
 
I rest on pillars, on God’s holy parts,
  On tears that flow with never-ceasing might;        10
I pour out prayer to Him who searcheth hearts:
  Herein I trust, and in the Father’s right.
 
O Thou who hearest weeping, healest woe,
  Our tears within Thy vase of crystal store;
Save us, and all Thy dread decrees forego,        15
  For unto Thee our eyes turn evermore.
 
 
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