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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
In That Day
By A. C. Benson
ABSALOM! Absalom!
  Put back thy fragrant hair!
  Loud is the city’s hum.
Why dost thy linger there
  To set soft hearts on fire?        5
That thou may’st reign and be
  What mainly men desire
What best it liketh thee?
  Hark to the City’s hum,
  Absalom, Absalom!        10
  Absalom, Absalom!
Canst thou not clearer see
  The thronging forms that came
Beneath the branching tree?
  The green ways of the wood,        15
And dropping from the dart
  The small dull pool of blood
That drains the traitorous heart?
  See the dim forms that come,
  Absalom, Absalom.        20

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