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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
The Jews of England (1290–1902)
By Israel Zangwill
 
AN Edward’s England spat us out—a band
  Foredoomed to redden Vistula or Rhine,
  And leaf-like toss with every wind malign,
All mocked the faith they could not understand.
Six centuries have passed. The yellow brand        5
  On shoulder nor on soul has left a sign
  And on our brows must Edward’s England twine
Her civic laurels with an equal hand.
 
Thick-clustered stars of fierce supremacy
  Upon the martial breast of England glance!        10
She seems of War the very Deity.
  Could aught remain her glory to enhance?
Yea, for I count her noblest victory
  Her triumph o’er her own intolerance.
 
 
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