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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Solomon’s Song
By Regina Miriam Bloch
 
“I sleep, but my heart waketh….”


HAST thou heard the voice of my Belov’d?
  Alack! is he silent still?
Didst thou smell the perfume of his locks
  As he skipped upon the hill?
 
Did he say: “Go down and greet my Bride        5
  Amid the tents of Kedar?
In the house whose rafters are of fir,
  Whose casements are of cedar.
 
Is she dreaming at the pleasant feast
  All laved in spice and roses?        10
With cool ointment on her throat and hands
  From secret garden-closes.
 
O, why must I dwell far from her
  And from her running fountains?
I am lonely on the barren heights,        15
  Yet God calls from the mountains….”
 
Behold! if ye hear my lover cry
  As Ammi-nadib’s lances,
Then say: “She sleeps but her heart waketh,
  She neither sings nor dances.”        20
 
As fish-pools of Heshbon weep her eyes,
  As willows trail her tresses,
Her neck is like a drooping tower,
  She yearns for thy caresses.
 
Come down from the hills and harp to her,        25
  Come down and stay her sorrow:
Is not the winter over and past
  And lilies bloom to-morrow?
.    .    .    .    .
Yet she only saith: “He bideth long,
  Ah, when is he returning?”        30
 
 
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