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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Judah’s Hallowed Bards
By Aubrey De Vere
LET those who will hang rapturously o’er
  The flowing eloquence of Plato’s page;
Repeat, with flashing eyes, the sounds that pour
  From Homer’s verse as with a torrent’s rage;
Let those who list ask Tully to assuage        5
  Wild hearts with high-wrought periods, and restore
The reign of rhetoric; or maxims sage
  Winnow from Seneca’s sententious lore.
Not these, but Judah’s hallowed bards, to me
Are dear: Isaiah’s noble energy;        10
The temperate grief of Job; the artless strain
  Of Ruth and pastoral Amos; the high songs
  Of David; and the tale of Joseph’s wrongs,
Simply, pathetic, eloquently plain.

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