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SIR MOSES MONTEFIORE, by            
First Line: Sweet blue-eyed charity, devout and calm
Last Line: This hero crested with his hundred years!
Subject(s): Jews; Montefiore, Moses Haim (1784-1885); Judaism

SWEET blue-eyed Charity, devout and calm,
Hath been the dear companion of his days,
How hath he hearken'd to her prayerful lays,
Sad-voic'd and plaintive as an angel's psalm!
She pointed and he hasten'd where the palm
Sighs faintly in the pitiless Syrian rays,
Where men sank gasping on the lone highways
And cried aloud for succor and for balm.
The sick he heal'd, the fallen rais'd he up;
Light track'd his footsteps through the darksome land—
And sav'd, men wept and bless'd him in their tears.
Come, friends, lift we on high the loving cup
And hail with greetings from our distant strand
This hero crested with his hundred years!

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