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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Israel’s Heritage
By Ida Goldsmith Morris
 
HOW shall we spend, O Lord,
  Our priceless heritage;
The wealth of Holy Writ (Thy Word),
  Bequeathed from age to age.
How shall we use the garnered store        5
Of Israel’s ancient song and lore?
 
Shall we, like misers, hoard
  The jewels in our care;
The gems, by Seer and Prophet stored,
  That all mankind might share;        10
The law from Sinai’s summit hurled
To speak in thunder to the world.
 
Shall we not spread broadcast
  This wealth that shall endure?
These seeds of Faith, that in the past        15
  Burst into blossoms pure:
Whose roots were nourished through the years
By martyred Israel’s blood and tears.
 
Heirs or thy Love are we,
  The First-born, chosen race;        20
Holding in trust the legacy
  No tyrant can efface!
Life of our life, breath of our breath,
Outliving scorn, and hate and death!
 
O let our Fathers preach        25
  Thy glory and Thy fame!
O let our tender mothers teach
  Their babes to lisp thy name;
That Israel in each coming age
May claim its precious heritage!        30
 
 
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