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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
The Right of Asylum
By Stephen Phillips
EASY the cry while vengeance now is wrought
  And from his lair the Anarchist is burned.
“Shut be our harbors, closed be every port
  And from our shore be every alien turned.”
Yet while the clamor and the pursuit is hot        5
  And public anger public madness breeds,
Be it not soon nor easily forgot
  That England thus an ancient title cedes.
For centuries a pillow hath she spread
  For all that widowed goes and wandering        10
And in her lap hath laid the unhappy head
  Or broken Statesman and of outcast King.
Shall she alarmed by that small horde deny
  This old sea-haven to world-misery?

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