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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Zion
By Eugene Kohn
 
LAND of the cedar and palm,
  Land of the olive and myrtle,
Breathing of Gilead’s balm
  Over fragrant fields and fertile,
From the sunset shore of the sea        5
Greeting of peace to thee!
 
Though the din of strange cities resound
  In our ears, forget we can never
Those piercing, lingering sounds
  Or David’s lyre, that ever        10
To Zion’s Redeemer upraise
Their pæan of deathless praise.
 
And we that long for that sunny field,
  The abode of our youth, where God’s spirit
First to mortals revealed        15
  Those truths that we still inherit,
Field fertile with fruitage of glory
And haunted by memories hoary.
 
Happy are they that sow
  Thy seed and reap of their sowing!        20
Happy! they never shall know
  The exile’s sorrow, not knowing
The infinite heart-ache and pain
Of the toilers that toil in vain.
 
From the land of our sojourning        25
  Zion, to thee, nor burn
With a fever or fretful yearning
  In the patience of hope we toil
  Again to possess thy soil.
 
Land of the cedar and palm,        30
  Land of the olive and myrtle,
Breathing Gilead’s balm
  Over fragrant fields and fertile,
From the sunset shore of the sea
In God’s time we shall come to thee.        35
 
 
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