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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Exodus x: 21–23
By J. W. Burgon
WHEN Israel dwelt in Egypt’s land,
  And groan’d beneath the tyrant’s pow’r,
O Lord, ’twas Thine Almighty hand
  Sustain’d him thro’ that dreary hour.
When all the air at noon of day        5
  Was filled with gloom “which might be felt,”
Thy smile was still a cheerful ray
  In every tent where Israel dwelt.
And thus, O Lord, the faithful heart
  Believes that it will ever be;        10
Thy love, we know, will ne’er depart
  From those who truly trust in Thee.
When all the world grows dark through sin,
With them Thy smile will still be found;
Diffusing joy and peace within,        15
  While all seems dark and cheerless round!

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