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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
The New Temple
By Louis Marshall
 
A NEW 1 shrine stands in beauty reared,
Where scions of a faith revered
  Renew their vows to God—
To Him this house they dedicate,
To Him their hearts they consecrate,        5
  Upon this sacred sod.
 
Here shall the words of praise be sung,
From days, when yet the world was young,
  Of Psalmist and of Seer;
Like torrent shall the chorus run,        10
“The Lord our God, the Lord is One,
  Hear thou, O Israel, hear!”
 
Hence shall ascend the fervent prayers
Of thanks for joys, for strength, when cares
  And sorrows the soul rack;        15
Here shall the breast where sin has surged,
By the atonement’s fires be purged,
  To holiness led back.
 
On this new altar there shall blaze
Refulgently the Bible’s rays,        20
  Of Righteousness and Truth;
Here shall the wond’rous tale be told
The miracle of Israel old,
  And its undying youth.
 
May justice ever here prevail,        25
May love of all Mankind ne’er fail,
  And Charity ne’er cease;
May God’s Shekinah calmly rest,
And they who gather here be blessed
  With Concord and with Peace.        30
 
Note 1. Composed on the occasion of the dedication of the New Temple of the “Society of Concord,” Syracuse, New York. [back]
 
 
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