Last Reviewed on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 486
How strange it seems! These Hebrews in their graves,Close by the street of this fair seaport town,Silent beside the never-silent waves,At rest in all this moving up and down!
The very names recorded here are strange,Of foreign accent, and of different climes;Alvares and Rivera interchangeWith Abraham and Jacob of old times.
How came they here? What burst of Christian hate,What persecution, merciless and blind,Drove o'er the sea—that desert desolate—These Ishmaels and Hagars of mankind?
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