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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
The Poet’s Spirit
By Joseph Fitzpatrick
 
To the Memory of Naphtali Herz Imber

NO dirge or solemn bell
  We toll for thee, oh Voice,
Stilled by the sudden knell
  That ends all mortal choice;
Thy tuneful spirit free of earth        5
  Must ever more rejoice.
 
Like gull or petrel free
  That soars o’er billows, brave,
Thy soul shall spring in glee
  Above the narrow grave;        10
Thy hymns shall live while Zion lives,
  While Israel’s banners wave.
 
As perched on mountain crags
  The eagle finds a nest,
Free from earth’s binding rags        15
  Wandering Soul take rest,
Till the full message of thy song
  Thy brothers here attest.
 
Singers like thee on earth
  Tuning the immortal lyre,        20
Old Nations give re-birth,
  Hopes shattered, new desire;
Beacons that prove for doubting sons
  Jehovah’s living fire.
 
 
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