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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Vashti
By Helen Hunt Jackson
 
IN all great Shushan’s palaces was there
  Not one, O Vashti, knowing thee so well,
  Poor uncrowned queen, that he the world could tell
How thou wert pure and loyal-souled as fair?
How it was love which made thee bold to dare        5
  Refuse the shame which madmen would compel?
  Not one, who saw the bitter tears that fell
And heard thy cry heart-rending on the air:
 
“Ah me! My Lord could not this thing have meant!
  He well might loathe me ever, if I go        10
  Before these drunken princes as a show.
I am his queen; I come of king’s descent,
  I will not let him bring our crown so low;
He will but bless me when he doth repent!”
 
 
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