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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Jeremiah, the Patriot
By John Keble
 
   “Thou fallest away to the Chaldeans.”—Jer. xxxvii. 13.

THEY say, “The man is false, and falls away”:
  Yet sighs my soul in secret for their pride;
Tears are mine hourly food, and night and day
  I plead for them, and may not be denied.
 
They say, “His words unnerve the warrior’s hand,        5
  And dim the statesman’s eye and disunite
The friends of Israel”; yet, in every land,
  My words, to Faith, are Peace, and Hope, and Might.
 
They say, “The frenzied one is fain to see
  Glooms of his own; and gathering storms afar;—        10
But dungeons deep, and fetters strong have we.”
  Alas! Heaven’s lightning would ye chain and bar?
 
Ye scorners of th’ Eternal! wait one hour;
In His seer’s weakness ye shall see His power.
 
 
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