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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
“Is life worth living?”
By Punch
 
IS life worth living? To the querulous cry
Let this long record, lately closed, reply!
A century of service to mankind!
Pessimist cold and cynic blandly blind,
’Tis fitter comment on that query stale        5
Than sneers that pall and arguments that fail.
Long in the land his days, whose heart and hand
All high and human causes could command;
Long in the land his memory will abide
His country’s treasure and his people’s pride.        10
 
 
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