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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
On the Russian Persecution of the Jews
By Algernon Charles Swinburne
 
O SON of man, by lying tongues adored,
By slaughterous hands of slaves with feet red-shod
  In carnage deep as Christian ever trod
Profaned with prayer and sacrifice abhorred
And incense from the trembling tyrant’s horde,        5
  Brute worshippers or wielders of the rod,
  Most murderous even of all that call thee God,
Most treacherous even that ever called thee Lord;
Face loved of little children long ago,
Head hated of the priests and rulers then,        10
  If thou see this, or hear these hounds of thine
  Run ravening as the Gadarean swine,
Say, was not this thy Passion, to foreknow
  In death’s worst hour the works of Christian men?
 
 
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