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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
To Heinrich Heine
By George Alexander Kohut
AWAKE to lyric rapture once again,
Great German bard! Not in resurgent France
Shall thy proud spirit rally from its trance
But in the Rhineland where the sabres glance;
Where spring to arms, each day, a myriad men.—        5
There now they need thy patriotic pen:
Its caustic wit, so dagger-keen and bold
That erstwhile smote with such relentless zeal
Yet had the art of tenderness to heal.
Once more thy sweet-voiced Lorelei shall steal        10
Into the nation’s heart, whose tales were told
By thee, dear Troubador, in rhymes of gold—
And then thy matchless minstrelsy shall bring
The Fatherland swift healing on its wing.

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