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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Fullness of the Bible
By H. J. Betts
 
THERE is a lamp whose steady light
Guides the poor traveller in the night:—
’Tis God’s own word! Its beaming ray
Can turn a midnight into day.
 
There is a storehouse of rich fare,        5
Supplied with plenty and to spare:—
’Tis God’s own word! it spreads a feast
For every hungering, thirsting guest.
 
There is a chart whose tracings show
The onward course when tempests blow:—        10
’Tis God’s own word! There, there is found
Direction for the homeward bound.
 
There is a tree whose leaves impart
Health to the burdened, contrite heart:—
’Tis God’s own word! It cures of sin,        15
And makes the guilty conscience clean.
 
Give me this lamp to light my road;
This storehouse for my daily food;
Give me this chart for life’s rough sea;
These healing leaves, this heavenly tree.        20
 
 
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