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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
The High Priest to Alexander
By Alfred Tennyson
 
 “Derrame en todo el orbe de la tierra
Las armas, el furor, y nueva guerra.”
La Araucana, Canto xvi.

GO forth! thou man of force!
  The world is all thine own;
Before thy dreadful course
  Shall totter every throne.
Let India’s jewels glow        5
  Upon thy diadem:
Go, forth to conquest go,
  But spare Jerusalem.
For the God of gods, which liveth
  Through all eternity,        10
’Tis He alone which giveth
  And taketh victory:
’Tis He the bow that blasteth,
  And breaketh the proud one’s quiver;
And the Lord of armies resteth        15
  In His Holy of Holies for ever!
 
For God is Salem’s spear,
  And God is Salem’s sword;
What mortal man shall dare
  To combat with the Lord?        20
Every knee shall bow
  Before His awful sight;
Every thought sink low
  Before the Lord of might.
For the God of gods, which liveth        25
  Through all eternity,
’Tis He alone which giveth
  And taketh victory:
’Tis He the bow that blazeth,
  And breaketh the proud one’s quiver;        30
And the Lord of armies resteth
  In His Holy of Holies for ever!
 
 
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