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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Nishmas
By Penina Moïse
 
ALL living souls shall bless Thy name,
  O just and gracious God!
All flesh Thy providence proclaim,
  Thy holy works applaud.
 
From age to age will we relate        5
  The wonders Thou hast wrought,
Delighting to expatiate
  On all which Thou hast taught.
 
Young men and maidens lift the voice,
  Thy wisdom to extol,        10
And children in Thy praise rejoice,
  Father and Friend of all!
 
But though our hands should be outspread,
  As are the eagle’s wings,
To thank Thee for the daily bread,        15
  That from Thy bounty springs.
 
Though song, like sounding billows, too,
  Should from our lips proceed,
How large a debt would yet be due
  To Thee, from Jacob’s seed!        20
 
Thrice holy, Lord of hosts! art Thou,
  Ineffable and pure!
Before Thy Majesty we bow,
  Great King, whom we adore.
 
 
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