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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Meditations at Twilight
By Joseph Leiser
 
AH, more and more at evening,
  When twilight edges to its end,
And darkness, eastern caverns leaving,
  Her shadow o’er creation bend;
The lowing moments foster meaning        5
  Upon the pageant of decay,
As glory into night diffusing
  Brings untoward sadness in her way.
 
Within that evening calm there comes
  A recollection faint and dim        10
Of boyhood, of Sabbath hour and homes,
  Of synagogue and temple hymn,
When in abated breath we heard
  The echoes of our spirit-fathers,
In praise and reverential word        15
  Of prayer. This spirit hovers.
 
Their hymns re-echo in my dreams,
  They too felt doubt, despondency;
And saw our mistrusts also beam
  In thought. The poet and sages fancy        20
Gave them hope beyond our mind,
  More truthful to the thought of God,
To attributes that firmly bind
  A God above—yet man to sod.
 
For ages have Thy children sought        25
  And find Thy mercy hath no end,
Greater thought and deeds are wrought
  On earth to-day, than in the trend
Of generations turned to dust;
  Still must with love our bosom heave,        30
With hope and common manful trust,
  The rest—to God we meekly leave.
 
And lo! upon yon lum’nous ascent,
  There glitters joyously the star
Proclaiming night. Ah, day hath sent        35
  Her messengers of light afar,
Come spirit of the evening, dwell
  With us, and in our life’s increase
Of doubt and the annoying spell,
  Of discontent—to us—bring peace.        40
 
 
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