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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Lament of the Daughters of Zion
By J. F.
 
AWAY from our land,
  Away from our home,
A sad captive band,
  ’Mong strangers we roam.
 
Away from our hills,        5
  We are sundered apart,
And the clear crystal rills
  Enshrined in our heart.
 
And Lebanon’s palm trees
  ’Neath the purple domed skies,        10
And the sweet scented breeze
  That wafted our sighs!
 
Away from the dew
  On the hill terraced lines,
Where the pale olive grew        15
  And the purple clad vines.
 
For past is that grandeur,
  The glory and fame;
And faded the splendour
  Of Judah’s great name.        20
 
Dark was the hour,
  And fierce was the blow,
That shattered our power
  In a whirlwind of woe.
 
The days that are born        25
  In sorrow, we pine;
In sadness we mourn,
  For Salem’s fair shrine.
 
But the Lord will again
  Gather us round;        30
And Judah will reign
  With vict’ry crowned.
 
On the wings of the breeze,
  O’er mountain and mead,
Far o’er the seas        35
  The tidings will speed.
 
And from the ends of the world
  The lowly and proud,
With their banners unfurled,
  The nations will crowd.        40
 
In Glory revealed
  This song they’ll raise;
The Lord is our shield,
  The Lord is our Praise.
 
 
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