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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Consecration Hymn
By R. Wagner
 
FATHER of Life and Light and Power,
To Thee we consecrate this hour!
With earnest hope, with purpose pure,
Oh, make this happy promise sure.
 
Except Thou build, we work in vain,        5
With holy zeal dost Thou sustain.
Bind all our hearts in rich increase
Of helpful deeds that ne’er shall cease.
 
Help us to lay foundations strong
Of love for right, of grief for wrong,        10
And brotherhood with every race
That seeks or needs the Father’s grace.
 
Help us to grow in pure desires,
Kindle our souls with heavenly fires,
That higher levels may be won,        15
And step by step Thy will be done.
 
Build in us all Thy spirit’s shrine:
Then shall we beam with light divine,
“And work with heart and soul and might
For Truth and Freedom, God and Right.”        20
 
 
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