Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, PALESTINE, by AMELIA WOODWARD TRUESDELL

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PALESTINE, by            
First Line: O land, a-stoop with penitential years
Last Line: O god! To kneel upon the self-same earth!
Subject(s): Bethlehem, Palestine; Cavalry; Jesus Christ = Suffering & Sacrifice

O Land, a-stoop with penitential years,
Thou tragedy of treason to thy God,
Where Sons of Allah hold with foot unshod
The altar-place of Judah's fruitless tears!

Moriah's hill! Blood-sacrifice of old
When David slew on Ornan's threshing floor;
Where Abram's knife was lifted, long before
The mornings flushed thy temple's dome of gold.

Thou Zion walls where Jacob's children pray
Above the vaults which hid a nation's shame!
O Syrian sun, how canst thou bare thy flame?
Weep, Israel, weep! Alas for Calvary's day!

Thou Nazareth, we wonder at thy dower,
Thou Olivet and Lebanon afar,
Meek Bethlehem that stayed the wandering star,
We're dumb before the mystery of thy power.

Gethsemane, with olive twilight dim,
We stand where Jesus held the cup of woe;
We feel the angel forms still come and go
Among the changeless trees that sheltered Him.

Garden which saw love's sacrificial birth,
Where olives, bent with thrice a thousand years,
Still droop above our sacrament of tears,—
O God! to kneel upon the self-same earth!

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