poet Eugene Field

Eugene Field

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Jewish Lullaby

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!

Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 31, 2012

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Comments about Jewish Lullaby by Eugene Field

  • M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal (12/20/2015 1:55:00 AM)

    Nice poem...Our harp is on the willow-tree-
    I have no song to sing to thee,
    As shadows round us roll;

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