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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
The Jewish Mother
By A Daughter of Judah
 
A STAR of guidance o’er Life’s troubled ocean,
  A sunbeam flashing tempest-clouds in twain,
The wafted fragrance deepening, soul-emotion
  The benediction won from heights of pain.
 
A voice familiar with melodious calling;        5
  A solemn adjuration from on High;
A veiled and tender glory, earthward falling
  From unseen altars, ’neath eternal sky.
 
Pathetic memories of a father’s blessing,
  When thornless roses crowned the lifted head;        10
The gentle touch of mother-hands caressing,
  Ere cypress paths to desert-wanderings led.
 
All-conquering joy of new-found inspiration,
  That healing balm pours on the longing breast;
The life ennobles that in consecration        15
  Keeps evermore the day of holy rest.
 
 
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