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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Sonnet
By George Alexander Kohut
 
TO SOLOMON SCHECHTER 1

THY spirit, Sage, is ever on the wing,
  And, soaring midway ’twixt the earth and sky,
  Those higher kindred of thy soul draw nigh
To whom thy lofty thoughts, transfigured, cling,
From wrinkled parchment and decaying script,        5
  Thou lurest long-lost Wisdom fragmentwise,
  Rejoicing and enlightening the eyes.
There’s none in modern Jewry, thus equipped,
To teach the truth and spread abroad The Law,
  And with the peal of prophecy intone        10
  How Beauty shines in Holiness alone,
And that to hold the Spirit well in awe
  The letter must be guarded, not forsook,
  Ye Race of Priests, Ye People of the Book!
 
Note 1. Suggested by Professor Schechter’s luminous epistle on “Spiritual Religion” in the Jewish Chronicle, November 30, 1899. [back]
 
 
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