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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Mizpah
Anonymous
 
   “The Lord watch between me and thee when we are absent from each other.”—Gen. xxxi. 49.

A BROAD gold band engraven
  With word of Holy Writ
A ring, the bond and token,
  Which love and prayer hath lit,
When absent from each other        5
  O’er mountain, vale and sea,
The Lord, who guarded Israel,
  Keeps watch ’tween me and thee.
 
Through days of light and gladness,
  Through days of love and life,        10
Through smiles, and joy, and sunshine,
  Through days with beauty rife;
When absent from each other,
  O’er mountain, vale, and sea,
The Lord of love and gladness,        15
  Keep watch ’tween me and thee.
 
Through days of doubt and darkness,
  In fear and trembling breath;
Through mists of sin and sorrow,
  In tears, and grief and death,        20
The Lord of life and glory,
  The King of earth and sea,
The Lord who guarded Israel,
  Keep watch ’tween me and thee.
 
 
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