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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Esteeming the Bible
By Horatius Bonar
 
THIS holy book I’d rather own,
  Than all the gold and gems
That e’er in monarchs’ coffers shone,
  Than all their diadems.
 
Nay, were the seas one chrysolite,        5
  The earth one golden ball,
And diadems all the stars of night,
  This book outweighs them all.
 
Ah, no, the soul ne’er found relief
  In glittering hoards of wealth;        10
Gems dazzle not the eye of grief,
  Gold cannot purchase health.
 
But here a blessed balm appears
  To heal the deepest woe,
And those who read this book in tears,        15
  Their tears shall cease to flow.
 
 
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