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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
118. The Jewish Conscript
 
By Florence Kiper Frank
 
 
  There are nearly a quarter of a million Jews in the Czar’s army alone.—Newspaper clipping.
 
 
THEY have dressed me up in a soldier’s dress,
  With a rifle in my hand,
And have sent me bravely forth to shoot
  My own in a foreign land.
 
Oh, many shall die for the fields of their homes,        5
  And many in conquest wild;
But I shall die for the fatherland
  That murdered my little child.
 
How many hundreds of years ago—
  The nations wax and cease!—        10
Did the God of our fathers doom us to bear
  The flaming message of peace!
 
We are the mock and the sport of time!
  Yet why should I complain!—
For a Jew that they hung on the bloody cross,        15
  He also died in vain.
 

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