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Thread #69858   Message #1188201
Posted By: Rabbi-Sol
19-May-04 - 12:03 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Palestine, My Palestine
I got this song from the Kramer Family Songbook, published March 8, 1936. The tune is the same as "Maryland My Maryland". The author of these lyrics is unknown. Somehow, I cannot imagine Chairman Arafat or his hand picked prime minister singing these words.

O, hallowed land of mighty deed,
    Palestine, my Palestine;
That heroes oft from tyrants freed,
    Palestine, my Palestine;
Where fought the Maccabean breed,
Where great Bar Kochba's heart did bleed,
Prepare to greet thy Chosen Seed,
    Palestine, my Palestine!

Your skies gaze down in purest blue,
    Palestine, my Palestine;
And bathe your peaks in brilliant hue,
    Palestine, my Palestine;
Your dancing waves bring tidings true,
Your cedars tall the tale renew;
Your children come again to you,
    Palestine, my Palestine!

O land where David reared his throne,
    Palestine, my Palestine;
Where first the seed of truth was sown;
    Palestine, my Palestine!
O land where the Glory of God has shone.
Resume the role you once have known!
Prepare to welcome back your own!
    Palestine, my Palestine;

If anybody else ever heard of this song, please tell me when and where. I have had the book in which it appears in my possession since 1954. SOL ZELLER