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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Esther
By Florence Weisberg
 
SWEET Jewish maid, crown’d with a monarch’s love,
          Thy gentle grace
Sought for no glory, for no sov’reign pow’r,
          No pride of place.
“If thy handmaiden hath good favour found        5
          In the king’s eyes,
Grant but my people’s lives (e’en tho’ I be
          The sacrifice);
For we are sold, my people and myself,
          To cruel foe.        10
How can I bear to see my kindred’s wrong,
          My race’s woe?”
So thou art honoured and thy name shall live
          While Time shall be,
O queenly heart! Our homage and our love        15
          We bring to thee.
 
 
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