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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
“Jew”
By George Vaux Bacon
 
SILENT and wise and changeless,
  Stamped with the Orient still;
In many a country nameless—
  In every land a Will.
 
Master of two things is he,        5
  Self, and the Power of Gold.
He thinks—the World is busy;
  They bargain—he has sold!
 
Lord of the Marts of Nations
  Where the World’s wide commerce plies—        10
Master of infinite Patience,
  Slandered by infinite Lies!
 
Towering, fair-haired Norseman,
  Tartar at Novgorod,
Black-eyed Arab horseman        15
  Zulu chief unshod—
 
All borrow for War or trading
  And promise with oaths not new;
All turn, with the danger fading,
  And sneer at the lender—“Jew!”        20
 
 
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