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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Why Should I Wander Sadly?
By Susskind von Trimberg
 
WHY should I wander sadly,
  My harp within my hand,
O’er mountain, hill, and valley?
  What praise do I command?
 
Full well they know the singer        5
  Belongs to race accursed;
Sweet Minne doth no longer
  Reward me as at first.
 
Be silent, then, my lyre,
  We sing ’fore lords in vain,        10
I’ll leave the minstrels’ choir,
  And roam a Jew again.
 
My staff and hat I’ll grasp, then,
  And on my breast full low,
By Jewish custom olden        15
  My grizzled beard shall grow.
 
My days I’ll pass in quiet,—
  Those left to me on earth—
Nor sing for those who not yet
  Have learned a poet’s worth.        20
 
 
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