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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
5666—New Year—1905
By Jacob Klein
 
FROM old to new, with broadening sweep,
  The stream of life moves on;
And still its changing currents keep
  A changeless undertone.
 
In prophet word and martyr faith,        5
  Visions of saint and seer,
The poet’s song, the hero’s death—
  That undertone we hear.
 
A sense we have of things unseen,
  Transcending thing of time;        10
We catch earth’s broken chords between
  The everlasting chime.
 
And light breaks through the rifted haze
  In shining vistas broad;
We stand amid the eternal ways,        15
  Held by the hand of God.
 
 
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