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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
By the Red Sea
By Judah Ha-Levi (Trans. Alice Lucas)
 
(Hymn for the Seventh Day of Passover)

WHEN as a wall the sea
In heaps uplifted lay,
A new song unto Thee
  Sang the redeemed that day.
 
Thou didst in his deceit,        5
Overwhelm the Egyptian’s feet,
While Israel’s footsteps fleet
  How beautiful were they.
 
Jeshurun! All who see
Thy glory cry to Thee:        10
“Who like thy God can be?”
  Thus even our foes did say.
 
O let Thy banner soar
The scattered remnants o’er,
And gather them once more,        15
  Like ours on harvest-day.
 
Who bear through all their line
Thy covenant’s holy sign,
And in Thy name divine
  Are sanctified alway.        20
 
Let all the world behold
Their token prized of old,
Who on their garment’s fold
  The thread of blue display.
 
Be then the truth made known        25
From whom, and whom alone,
The twisted fringe is shown,
  The covenant kept this day.
 
O let them, sanctified,
Once more with Thee abide,        30
Their sunshine far and wide
  And chase the clouds away.
 
The well-beloved declare
Thy praise in song and prayer;
“Who can with Thee compare,        35
  O Lord of Hosts?” they say.
 
When as a wall the sea
  In heaps uplifted lay,
A new song unto Thee,
  Sang the redeemed that day.        40
 
 
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