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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
The Hebrew Mind
By M. L. R. Breslar
GIFTS, as romantic as the cruse of oil,
  Found in the days of mad Antiochus,
  Were brewed by Hadrian from henbane; spruce
For Israel’s quaffing; potions, framed to foil
A nation’s growth, they met with swift recoil!        5
  Tempt never genius, with devil’s juice!
  Vain arts, O Hadrian, and vain the ruse,—
When balked by birds, who garnered all the spoil.
For Hadrian, as for Vespasian,
  History sheds a tear of wonder blind;        10
    Mere vessels those, Balaam’s sent to bless,
They scourged with fire and sword, till the dread ban
    Flowered, like Aaron’s rod of loveliness,
  And forged that wondrous thing, the Hebrew mind.

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