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THE TWO RABBIS, by            
First Line: There stood upon moriah's mount
Last Line: "while thine is dewed with bitter tears."
Subject(s): Clergy; Jerusalem; Jews; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops; Judaism

THERE stood upon Moriah's mount,
Two aged men with hoary hair;
One glanced around with smiling brow,
The other wept in deep despair.

"Jerusalem, Oh! Jerusalem!
Land of my love," the weeper cried;
"Thy scattered sons in exile weep,
And alien are thy state and pride.

"Fierce jackals 'mid thy ruins howl;
The prowling lion seeks his prey
On the spot where once thy temple stood;
And thy brave children,—Where are they?

"With weary feet, and aching heart,
Scattered, despised, a fallen race,
They wander far in alien lands,
And seek in vain a resting place.

"And then how canst thou smile, to see
Our hopes, our glory perish all?
How canst thou gaze with joyous glance
Upon our temple's ruined wall?"

"I smile," the other said, "because,
In all the Eternal's power I see,
And hope springs up within my heart,
Even from our depths of misery.

"For surely as the Almighty hand
Destroyed our land for guilt and crime,
So surely will he raise us up
To joy, at his appointed time.

"Hath he not said that Israel's sons
Shall once again be free and great?
Hath he not said, in Zion's halls
Shall once again be kingly state?

"A great and glorious destiny
Will yet be ours in future years;
And thus my face with smiles is glad,
While thine is dewed with bitter tears."

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