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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Pesach Le’ Osid
(The Passover of the Future)

ISRAEL in fetters still! The prophet’s wand
Shall stretch across the tyrant’s hapless land,
And prison doors shall straightway open wide,
And barring waters shall like walls divide,
To let the Lord’s redeemed pass dry-shod o’er        5
And reach a brighter, freer, friendlier shore.
The angel that unseen spreads seeds of death
And on each house corrupt pours poisoned breath
Shall pass the homes of God’s appointed by
And none that mark their lintel-posts shall die.        10
Hope paints this vision thus in golden hue
And, deathless as Hope, doth Faith bespeak it true,
Affliction’s bread shall yield to plenty’s leaven,
The clouds shall pass and earth shall grow like heaven.

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