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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
An Oriental Maiden
By J. O. Jenkyns
 
THOU fairest one of Judah’s daughters,
  I would thy lover be;
Oh, may thy heart be free from others,
  And treasured but for me.
I fain would see thy brown eyes brighten,        5
  Which all their love disclose;
To see thy cheeks, their colors brighten,
  Like tintings on the rose.
 
Thou maiden rare, of ancient nation,
  Thy soul is dear to me;        10
And does my heart, with each pulsation,
  Beat every stroke for thee.
Then grant the boon, I ask thy favor,
  And give thy word to-day,
Oh, let me come, thy truest lover,        15
  And bid me not away.
 
 
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