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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
The Tabernacle
By Rose Emma Collins
 
(Leviticus xxxiii., 33–43)

LET us build to the Lord of the earth in each place
The Tent, which His glorious presence will grace.
’Twill be hallowed with light that descends from on high,
Where the prayers and the praises are heard thro’ the sky.
’Tis the time when the beauty of earth is fulfilled,        5
And the stars all look down on the Tent that we build;
When the moon in her robing of silver attire,
Approaches in silence, the sun’s crimson fire!
All the splendour of heaven, the beauties of earth,
Exult in the love that has given them birth!        10
The boughs of thick trees with their leaves all entwine,
Round the delicate stems of the Myrtle and Vine;
The Palm trees are clasping the Willows with joy,
A rapture that death cannot change or destroy;
Each tree that was bearing its fruit o’er the land,        15
Owes renewal of life, to the One mighty hand!
Its exquisite beauty enchanting our sight,
One thought has created, for taste and delight.
Choice flowers in manifold colours and scent,
Adorn the frail walls of the gorgeous built tent;        20
Where “showers of blessings” from promise divine,
Replete with His mandates, eternally shine!
Now twilight glides gently o’er trees, fruit and flower;
And fragrant the breath of the exquisite bower.
The lamps that were burning, are fast growing dim,        25
While angels have enter’d, and chant a soft hymn;
’Tis the music of heaven! their voices ascending,
In tones most celestial, with praises are blending.
The trees are all trembling with joy, and the Rose
Has awaken’d to see where the angels repose;        30
But they folded their wings all impervious thro’ night,
And vanish’d ere dawn spread her roseate light!
 
 
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