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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Lines on Carmen Sylva
By Emma Lazarus
 
TREMBLING old men are stamm’ring
  Scarce can their anguish tell—
Whisp’ring the ancient Hebrew,
The “Hear, O Israel!”
Some little Jew is falling,        5
  Clubbed in his narrow pale—
The Queen is singing sweetly
  Songs of the Nightingale.
 
Watchmen are growing fretful,
  Why should they longer wait?        10
Hurry the homeless wanderers
  Through the next dark suffering-gate.
What though anchors are lifted,
  What though poor exiles flee—
Carmen Sylva is warbling        15
  An Ode to Humanity.
 
 
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