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Ode of Ethiopia

18 Oy! The land of whirring wings,
which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia,
that sends ambassadors by sea,
in papyrus vessels upon the water.
Go, swift messengers, to a nation tall
    and smooth-skinned, to a people feared far and wide,
    a nation powerful and oppressive,
    whose land the rivers divide.
All you inhabitants of the world,
    and dwellers on earth,
when a banner is raised on the mountains,
when a shofar is blown,
For so Adonai has said to me:
“I will remain quiet, and look from My dwelling place,
like shimmering heat in sunshine,
like a cloud of dew in harvest heat.”
For before the harvest, as soon as blossoming is over
and flower becomes ripening grape,
He will cut off the shoots with pruning knives,
He will cut back and remove the twigs.
They will be left together for the mountain birds of prey
    and the beasts of the land.
The birds of prey will summer on them,
and all the beasts of the land will winter upon them.

At that time tribute will be brought to Adonai-Tzva’ot
from a nation tall and smooth-skinned,
from a people feared far and wide,
a nation powerful and oppressive,
whose land the rivers divide—
to the place of the Name of Adonai-Tzva’ot—Mount Zion!