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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
The Harp of Zion
By James Willis
 
THE HARP of Zion sleepeth
  In the shadow of the hill;
The child of promise weepeth
  His weary exile still;
The ages of his sorrow        5
  Flow on like Jordan’s stream;
He looketh for the morrow,
  But cannot see its beam.
 
No beam of heaven discloseth
  His father’s land of birth;        10
His footstep ne’er reposeth
  In the nations of the earth;
To them he blindly holdeth
  The lamp he cannot see;
While darkness deep enfoldeth        15
  The homes of Galilee!
 
Yet not, O God, for ever
  Thou’lt judge him in thy wrath;
But bid the darkness sever
  Above his destined path;        20
In thy dread book is written
  The period of his doom;
And the vale thy curse has smitten,
  As a garden yet shall bloom.
 
Even now the destined ages        25
  Are closing o’er the land;
And every sign presages
  The morn again at hand;
The darkness swiftly weareth,
  Light trembles from the shore;        30
Each wind of heaven prepareth
  The wanderer to restore!
 
 
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