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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Judas Maccabeus
By Henry Snowman
 
VICTOR of God! O thou whose lamp of Fame
  Fed with the fire of immortality,
  Doth swing, triumphant, ’cross the glooming sea
Of Time! Preserver of thy Country’s name!
Judas, whose heart and arm were as a flame        5
  To burn and burst the chains of slavery,
  And rage about the witching upas-tree
Of Grecian glamour and of Grecian shame!
Soul of th’ undying dead! Arise, and hear
  The troubled cry of Israel that comes,        10
  And quivers o’er his fathers’ ancient tombs,
And perishes in night of Doubt and Fear;
While East and West voice self-shaped destinies,
Come, Great Deliverer, arise! arise!
 
 
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