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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
“Whither Shall I Go?”
By Eliza Scudder
 
I CANNOT find thee! still on restless pinion
  My spirit beats the void where thou dost dwell;
I wander lost through all thy vast dominion,
  And shrink beneath thy light ineffable.
 
I cannot know thee! even when most adoring        5
  Before thy shrine I bend in lowliest prayer;
Beyond these bounds of thought, my thought upsoaring,
  From further quest comes back; thou art not there.
 
Yet high above the limits of my seeing
  And folded far within the inmost heart,        10
And deep below the deeps of conscience being,
  Thy splendor shineth; there, O God, thou art.
 
I cannot lose thee; still in thee abiding
  The end is clear, How wide so’er I roam;
The law that holds the worlds my steps is guiding,        15
  And I must rest at last in thee, my home.
 
 
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