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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
The Rabbi’s Song
By Rudyard Kipling
 
IF thought ever reach to Heaven,
  On Heaven let it dwell.
For fear that Thought be given
  Like Power to reach to Hell;
For fear that Desolation        5
  And darkness on thy mind
Perplex the habitation
  Which thou hast left behind.
 
Our lives, our tears as water
  Are poured upon the ground;        10
God giveth no man quarter,
  Yet God a means hath found,
Tho’ faith and hope have vanished
  And even love grows dim,
A means whereby his banished        15
  Be not expelled from Him.
 
 
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