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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Orientale
By William Henley
 
SHE’S an enchanting little Israelite,
A world of hidden dimples!—Dusky-eyed,
  A starry-glancing daughter of the Bride—
With hair escaped from some Arabian Night;
Her lip is red, her cheek is golden-white,        5
  Her nose a scimitar; and, set aside
  The bamboo hat she cocks with so much pride,
Her dress a dream of daintiness and delight.
 
And when she passes with the dreadful boys
  And romping girls, the cockneys loud and crude,        10
My thought to the Minories tied, but moved to range
  The Land o’ the Sun, commingles with the noise
  Of magian drums and scents of sandal-wood,
A touch Sidonian, modern, taking, strange.
 
 
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