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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
During the Crusades (“Behold, O Lord, Thy faithful people!”)
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BEHOLD, O Lord, Thy faithful people!
The father slays his child, the dear one;
The mother has her task accomplished,
And sends to Thee her hallowed offspring.
Across their knees the parents brandish        5
The keen-edged knives for work of slaughter;
The mother ties the child,
The father makes the gash;
They say a sacrificial blessing,
For they are met to die together,        10
And to make known Thy holy Oneness
And one announces to the other,
“This day we keep a feast of union!”
Their children all they immolate,
As free-will gifts, as bonds of love.        15
 
 
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