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Erev yom kiper, shoyn triblekh in gas Di zun royt fun bushe, tsi efsher fun kaas Arop ergets nidert - Der mayrev-zayt himl tsebrent. S'iz erev yom kiper, nokh minkhe farnakht Un do shteyen shuln, vi tfises farmakht Oyf zeyere toyern Di shleser vi keytn oyf hent Erev yom kiper, shoyn mayrevdik nakht Di yidishe geslekh fun soyne bavakht Vi kinder farshemte Farkhideshte shteyen atsind- Gevoynt itst fun shuln tsu hern gezang- Derhern fun zelnershe shtivl dem gang Dos knaln fun biksn Dos skomlen fun heymloze hint Erev yom kiper - vi lang gor, vi lang? In yidishe gas a tuml, a drang Fun ale zaytn rogn Der oylem tsum davnen shpant Di benk un di shtenders in shuln bazetst - Haynt shteyen zey leydik, farshemt un farletst Zint hunderter yorn Dos ershte mol haynt aza shand Erev Yom kiper! A minyen di tsol Farshpart in a shtub vi in shpanye amol, Gehilt in taleysim In droysn shteyt eyner un hit Baym shayn funa yourtsayt, vos brent oyf der shank Derhert zikh a kol, aza troyerik gezang, Derhert zikh dos lid Dos alte maranishe lid Oy ve oy vey Kol nidre!
The eve of Yom Kippur, the streets are in twilight The sun red with shame, or perhaps with great rage It's hovering lower The sky in the west is aflame It's the eve of Yom Kippur, in the calm of the evening And there stand thttrtre synagogues, shut tight like prisons Their doorways locked up Like hands shackled in chains The eve of Yom Kippur, already grown dark The enemy watches the small Jewish streets How bewildered the children Surprised for a moment From the synagogue they expect voices in song Instead they now hear the boots of the soldiers The firing of rifles The howling of dogs without homes The eve of Yom Kippur - how much longer, how long? In each Jewish street, the people press on Fromerath's every corner To arrive and to pray To fill up the synagogue's lecturns and chairs Today these stand idle, dishonored, forsaken- Never in centuries Has there been such disgrace The eve of Yom Kippur! A minyen has gathered Concealed in a house, as in Spain long ago Wrapped in their prayer shawls - While outside one stands, keeping watch In the glow of a burning memorial candle He hears a voice cry out a desolate song - He hears the refrain The Marrano's ancient refrain: "O Sorrow, O woe, Kol Nidre!"
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