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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Back, My Soul
By Judah Ha-Levi (Trans. M. Simon)
 
I
BACK, my soul, into thy nest;
  Earth is not for thee;
Still in heaven find thy nest;
  There thou canst be free.
 
Strive not for this world’s command,        5
  Look to what thou hast,
Thou amidst the angels’ band
  Shar’d the great repast.
 
Demean thee ’fore the majesty
  Of him who reigneth there,        10
And in a lordly company
  Be thou the courtier.
 
 
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