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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Dying in Jerusalem
By Thomas Ragg
 
JERUSALEM! Jerusalem!
  Thou city of the blest,
I come, beneath thy hallowed soil
  To lay my bones to rest.
 
It is not mine to see thee rise        5
  In glory from the dust;
But God, the God of Abraham,
  Is kind as well as just.
And, happy but to die in thee,
  I hail the sacred ground        10
Where rest from all their wanderings
  The sons of Jacob found.
 
Jerusalem! Jerusalem!
  Thy towers shall rise again
When comes the Lord’s anointed One        15
  In majesty to reign.
My sun will shortly set, but thou
  In glory shall appear;
Thy King, The God of all the earth;
  Thy name, “The Lord is here.”        20
And Gentiles who have spurned thee long
  Shall make the glory known;
While all conspire to honor thee,
  My father’s land! my own!
 
 
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