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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
The Turn of the Years
By H. B. Friedlander
 
HOW may we know you, year of all?
  You come as others came,
Night-sandaled, and your flying feet
Set bells a-swing in every street—
  But you are dumb.        5
 
We run, unwearied travelers
  Still on the upward slope
Of life, to take your strong young hand,
To search, to dare, to understand—
  Pilgrims of hope.        10
 
You lead us on, you lead us up;
  We seek your avatar
By fords of faith, the pass of tears,
Peaks of delight—O rest of years,
  You take us far!        15
 
And then you go. We hear your voice,
  We know your name at last,
You were the Future that we sought,
And all the years may bring us naught
  But you, the Past.        20
 
 
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