ALEXANDER YANNAÏ, AND ALEXANDRA

Conscious of their success and plainly satisfied,
king Alexander Yanna;
and Alexandra, his good wife and queen.
advance, preceded by the sound of bands,
amid high splendor and much pomp,
advance along the streets of their Jerusalem.
Accomplished brilliantly now stands the work
that was begun by the great Judas Maccabaeus, and
his celebrated brethren four;
the work that was unswervingly pursued
in spite of all its perils and all hindrances.
There's nothing left that is improper now.
No more subservience to the haughty kings,
the sovereigns of Antioch. Thus are
king Alexander Yannai
and Alexandra, his good wife and queen,
the peers of the Seleucids in all ways.
God Jews, chaste Jews, devoted Jews--above all else.
But yet, as is demanded by the circumstance,
fully conversant with Greek speech,
and with all Greeks and with Grecized
sole rulers on good terms--as equals, be it understood.
Indeed, accomplished brilliantly,
accomplished most remarkably, now stands
the work that was begun by the great Judas Maccabaeus, and
his celebrated brethren four.

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