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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Oh! City of the World
By Judah Ha-Levi (Trans. Kate Magnus)
 
OH! city of world, most chastely fair;
In the far west, behold I sigh for thee.
And in my yearning love I do bethink me
Of bygone ages; of thy ruined fane,
Thy vanished splendor of a vanished day.        5
Oh! had I eagles’ wings I’d fly to thee,
And with my falling tears make moist thine earth.
I long for thee; what though indeed thy kings
Have passed forever; though where once uprose
Sweet balsam trees the serpent makes his nest.        10
Oh! that I might embrace thy dust, the sod
Were sweet as honey to my fond desire.
 
 
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