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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
How Long?
By Israel Cohen
 
HOW long, O Lord, shall sobs and sighs
  Re-echo in our ears?
How long, O Lord, shall groans and cries
  Compel our flowing tears?
 
How long, O Lord, shall blood be shed        5
  Of innocent and pure?
How long, O Lord, shall deathly dread
  O’er Israel endure?
 
How long, O Lord, shall darkness reign,
  And murder rage unchecked?        10
How long, O Lord, by crimson stain
  Our fateful page be flecked?
 
How long, O Lord, shall justice sleep
  And Truth her head abase?
How long, O Lord, into the deep        15
  Shall sink thy chosen race?
 
How long, O Lord, in exile yet,
  Thy people, must they pine?
How long, O Lord, wilt Thou forget
  The mercy that is Thine?        20
 
How long, O Lord, until the morn
  Of peace and bliss supreme,
When Thy own glory shall adorn
  The Zion of our dream?
 
 
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