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    I.   Table of Contents     III.

Menken, Adah Isaacs
Infelicia

- INFELICIA.
- HEAR, O ISRAEL!
- II.

II.


Hear, O Israel! My people--to thy goodly tents do I
return with unstained hands.
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Like as the harts for the water-brooks, in thirst, do pant
and bray, so pants and cries my longing soul for the house
of Jacob.
My tears have unto me been meat, both in night and
day:
And the crimson and fine linen moulders in the dark
tents of the enemy.
With bare feet and covered head do I return to thee, O
Israel!
With sackcloth have I bound the hem of my garments.
With olive leaves have I trimmed the border of my
bosom.
The breaking waves did pass o'er me; yea, were mighty
in their strength--
Strength of the foe's oppression.
My soul was cast out upon the waters of Sin: but it has
come back to me.
My transgressions have vanished like a cloud.
The curse of Balaam hath turned to a blessing;
And the doors of Jacob turn not on their hinges against
me.
Rise up, O Israel! For it is I who passed through the
Fiery furnace seven times, and come forth unscathed, to
redeem thee from slavery, O my nation I and lead thee back
to God.

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