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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Beth-el
By John B. Tabb
 
        A RUGGED stone,
For centuries neglected and alone,—
        Its destiny unknown.
 
        The tide of light
Sped o’er it, and the breakers of the night,        5
        In alternating flight.
 
        And it was wet
With twilight dew, the sacramental sweat
        That mystic dreams beget.
 
        There Jacob lay,        10
Dark struggling, till the wrestler, white as day
        Brake from his arms away.
 
        Upon the sod
A pillow; then, by countless angels trod,
        A stepping stone to God.        15
 
 
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