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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Rallying Song
By Jessie E. Sampter
 
MY people, my people! Arise, O bleeding East,
Arise in the Westlands, you fools that blindly feast!
The nations call again
For faith, for deeds, for men,
Yet we that rise        5
When Israel cries
Are less than one in ten.
 
My brothers, my brothers! O wand’ring aimless horde,
A clarion from Zion is speaking for the Lord!
The thund’ring heavens command:        10
“Arise a mighty band;
With heart and voice
Make now the choice,
And straightly seek your land.”
 
My heroes, my heroes, whose hearts and lives are free,        15
Arise and be counted that all the world may see!
Those ancient fields reclaim
Whence Israel’s splendor came,
And win and hold
Our land of old        20
To consecrate her name.
 
 
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