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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Poetry
By Louis Untermeyer
 
GOD made the world with rhythm and rime—
  The sun’s refrain he made the moon;
He swung the stars to beat in time
  And set the universe in tune.
He gave the seas their mighty tongue,        5
  He gave his winds their lyric wings,
And thus the very soul of Song
  Was woven in the scheme of things.
 
To-day this wonder was revealed
  Upon a twilight colored plain;        10
I saw it in the town and field,
  I heard it in the singing rain.
The bows and birds repeated it,
  The streams intoned it as they ran,
And then I saw how closely knit        15
  Were God and Poetry with man.
 
A rift of sky—a group of trees,
  A ripple and a swallow’s dart,
The cadence of a dying breeze,
  Like sudden music, swept my heart;        20
A laughing child looked up and sprang
  To greet me at the homeward climb—
And all about me surged and sang
  The world God made with rhythm and rime.
 
 
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