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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Patriotism
(Trans. Robert Needham Cust)
 
From the Persian

TO each his country dearer far
  Than the throne of Solomon;
Thorns from home, too, dearer are
  Than myrtle or than cinnamon.
Joseph, in the pride of State,        5
  Ruling over Egypt’s strand
Sighed, and would have changed his fate
  For poverty in Canaan’s Land.
 
 
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