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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
In the Land of Our Fathers
By K. L. Sillman
 
BLUE are the skies in the land of our fathers—
  A blue of the beauteous sheen;
Through the clear of the air on the farthest horizon
  The mountains of Judah are seen.
 
Broad are the dales in the land of our fathers,        5
  Sweet with the fragrance of flowers;
Fair-smelling groves where the almond-trees murmur—
  Vistas of grape-girded bowers.
 
High are the hills in the land of our fathers
  To reach to the vaulting sky;        10
Israelites, sturdily tilling and reaping,
  Are chanting their carols nearby.
 
Bright gleams the moon in the land of our fathers,
  Aglint on the evening-dew,—
Through myriad stars the queen of the even        15
  Sails on the sea of blue.
 
Fair are the babes in the land of our fathers,
  Comely and gladsome and gay;—
Godly the words of the songs they are singing—
  Sailing the ocean of blue.        20
 
 
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