Poems of Childhood/Jewish Lullaby

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My harp is on the willow-tree,
Else would I sing, O love, to thee
   A song of long-ago---
Perchance the song that Miriam sung
Ere yet Judea's heart was wrung
   By centuries of woe.

I ate my crust in tears to-day,
As scourged I went upon my way---
   And yet my darling smiled;
Ay, beating at my breast, he laughed---
My anguish curdled not the draught---
   'T was sweet with love, my child!

The shadow of the centuries lies
Deep in thy dark and mournful eyes---
   But, hush! and close them now;
And in the dreams that thou shalt dream
The light of other days shall seem
   To glorify thy brow!

Our harp is on the willow-tree---
I have no song to sing to thee,
   As shadows round us roll;
But, hush and sleep, and thou shalt hear
Jehovah's voice that speaks to cheer
   Judea's fainting soul!

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.