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THE AWAKENING OF ISRAEL, by                    
First Line: Must the sea plead in vain that the river
Last Line: And rule in the realm he has made
Subject(s): Israel;jews;zionism; Judaism


MUST the sea plead in vain that the river
May return to its mother for rest
And the earth beg the rain-clouds to give her
Of dews she has drawn from her breast?

Swing inward, Oh! gates of the future,
Swing outward, ye doors of the past,
For the soul of Israel is waking
And rising from slumber at last.

The black clouds of night are retreating,
The white peaks have signaled the day;
And freedom her long roll is beating
And calling her sons to the fray.

From the dust where his proud tyrants found him
Unhonored, and scorned and betrayed,
He shall rise with the sunlight around him
And rule in the realm he has made.





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