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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Rude Are the Tabernacles Now
Anonymous
 
RUDE 1 are the tabernacles now,
Of Israel’s scattered band;
Still to the East the faithful bow,
And bless their fatherland.
Oh! save us, we beseech Thee, Lord!        5
Through every chance and change adored.
 
Oh, when we think of Palestine,
Whose consecrated dust
Once bore the hallowed ark and shrine
Of Judah’s only trust;        10
We mourn to mark the stranger there,
Who only mocks the Hebrew’s prayer.
 
Wake ye, who in the deadly sleep,
Of self-delusion lie!
Arise! or ye may live to weep        15
The time now passing by.
Save us, O Everlasting Lord!
Thy aid against remorse afford!
 
Let us re-open mercy’s law,
And in our bosoms lock        20
Precepts, that humble hearts shall draw
Towards salvation’s rock;
Praises to Heaven’s Supreme Lord,
Who did this sovereign gift accord!
 
Note 1. From the Hymn Book of Congregation Beth Elohim, Charleston, S. C., 5616. [back]
 
 
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