Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE GLORY OF ISRAEL, by HARRY RANDOLPH BLYTHE

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THE GLORY OF ISRAEL, by            
First Line: There was a glory once in israel
Last Line: The heritage of immortality.
Subject(s): Israel

THERE was a glory once in Israel,
Lo! how hath it departed from its shore;
Jerusalem the mighty is no more;
Gone are the Romans from the citadel,
The king's court hath no need of sentinel;
Silence enshrouds the ancient fisher's oar,
The Chosen People from afar deplore
Strange destiny, without a parallel:
But though its cities, razed by fire and sword,
Lift not their turrets by blue Galilee,
And all the land lies captive to a horde
Which long had been its watchful enemy,
Yet hath the house of David through its Lord
The heritage of immortality.

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