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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Zion’s Universal Temple
By Harry Weiss
UNDER the Orient skies of sapphire where the sun is all aglow,
With a radiance far surpassing all the western climes can know,
There’s a pathos haunting ever in the sunlight’s splendor there—
For old Zion’s temple mould’ring, for old Zion once so fair.
      For old Zion once so fair,        5
      But now wrapt in deep despair;
          Fled the glory
          Of its story,
      Once of majesty so rare.
But away with all this moaning that is playing fast and loose        10
With the sentiments sure tending now to break a people’s truce;
For affection once divided, try it may, can never stand
As the symbol of the union that shall mark Messiah’s land—
      Vision-traced Messiah’s land,
      Where true love shall sway its wand.        15
          Love the token
          Of unbroken
      Peace, that lords at God’s command.
Liquid gold of sun’s own moulding bent to make a world-wide dome,
Shall in future roof the temple marking every nation’s home:        20
Paved by earth and sea together, shall its tesselated floor
On its huge mosaic gather all the nations that adore—
      Nations that shall soon adore
      Zion’s God of cherished yore,
          With the pæans        25
          That the æons
      Echo shall forevermore.

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