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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Judaeis Vita Aeterna
By Charles N. Lurie
 
NOT for our sake, O Lord!
  But for the glory of Thy name,
The splendor of Thine ancient word,
  The honor of Thy people’s fame,
The promise of the truths that last        5
  From time unknown in Israel’s heart,
We hold our ancient customs fast—
  We are for aye a folk apart!
Not for our sake, O Lord!
  But that the world shall see again        10
How Judah in her soul can hoard
  The faith that yet shall save all men—
The faith that in the olden days,
  Beneath the blue Judæan sky,
Sang loud as now its love and praise        15
  Unto our God, the Lord Most High!
 
 
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