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First Line: Trembling old men are stamm'ring
Last Line: An ode to humanity.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Exiles; Humanity; Jews; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; Judaism

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,
Clubbed in his narrow pale—
The Queen is singing sweetly
Songs of the Nightingale.

Watchmen are growing fretful,
Why should they longer wait?
Hurry the homeless wanderers
Through the next dark suffering-gate.
What though anchors are lifted,
What though poor exiles flee—
Carmen Sylva is warbling
An Ode to Humanity.

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