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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
A Passover Hymn from the Haggada
By J. F.
 
(El Beneh)

O! SPEED’LY build Thy temple shrine,
  Thy holy House restore,
And send again Thy light divine,
  As in the days of yore.
O Thou! whose special care we are        5
  Where’er our lot be cast
Become again our guiding star
  As in the distant past.
 
O! build again a firmer throne
  For Judah’s royal race,        10
And give his sceptre rule alone
  And pour on him Thy grace,
His sons ingather to their fold,
  Far scattered and away,
And in his realm let Justice hold        15
  Her firm triumphant sway!
But more than Temple, shrine, or dome,
  Within our hearts build sure
For Thee, O Lord, a dwelling home
  Predestined to endure.        20
And vouchsafe, Lord, the world all o’er,
  A brighter day to shine,
And in one bond, forever more
  All humankind entwine.
 
 
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