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By James Vasquez
What joy then in my heart was born
As in each one who said to me,
"Now let us to the house of God
Go up to offer praise or plea."
Within your gates, Jerusalem,
Our feet, well-planted, firm are found.
Your close, compacted dwellings there,
Protected by its walls around.
And Israel’s tribes ascend as one,
The people of the Lord, to praise
The Name of him who by decree
His righteousness to us displays.
And there the thrones for judgment stand,
The thrones of David’s house for aye.
Oh, hear, inhabitants, this word,
And for Jerus’lem’s peace now pray:
"Let peace within your walls abound,
And those who love you be secure.
In safety may your chosen ones
Within your citadels endure."
And for the sake of brothers there,
Of friends who dwell upon your height,
Unceasing, shall my voice ascend
As I my prayer for peace recite.
Your full prosperity I’ll seek,
For this beyond all other thought.
Within you stands the house of God,
By man raised up, divinely wrought.
from the December 2006 Edition of the Jewish Magazine
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