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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
By George R. Du Bois
WHILE the tribes of earth yet in the darkness groped,
  Ere iron savagery set free,
O Judah! had’st thou with science coped
  In law and poesy.
God’s chosen people, thy songs are sung        5
  In the great world to-day;
In every clime, in every tongue,
  Thy name shall last for aye!
Since time began, yea, when the earth
  We’re told was very young,        10
Fair Judah flourished and gave birth
  To wise men who have sung—
Psalms wherein human longings bring
  Home to each heart to-day
The unspoken hope, the desire to cling        15
  To a Higher Power alway.
Strong nations rise at last to fall
  Beneath the strokes of Fate;
But Judah rises like a wall—
  Invincible ’gainst hate.        20
Two thousand years have not sufficed,
  Tho’ of Fatherland despoiled,
To destroy the race by all despised,
  Or tarnish a name unsoiled.

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