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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
The Destruction of Pharaoh
By John Ruskin
 
MOURN, Mizraim, mourn! The weltering wave
Wails loudly o’er Egyptia’s brave
  Where, lowly laid, they sleep;
The salt sea rusts the helmet’s crest;
The warrior takes his ocean-rest,        5
  Full far below the deep.
  The deep, the deep, the weary deep!
  Wail, wail, Egyptia! mourn and weep!
For many a mighty legion fell
Before the God of Israel.        10
 
Wake, Israel, wake the harp. The roar
Of ocean’s wave on Mizraim’s shore
  Rolls now o’er many a crest.
Where, now, the iron chariot’s sweep?
Where Pharaoh’s host? Beneath the deep        15
  His armies take their rest.
Shout, Israel! Let the joyful cry
Pour forth the notes of victory;
High let it swell across the sea,
For Jacob’s weary tribes are free!        20
 
 
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