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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
“Dear bard and prophet, that thy rest is deep”
By Richard Watson Gilder
 
DEAR bard and prophet, that thy rest is deep,
  Thanks be to God! Not now on thy heart falls
Rumor intolerable. Sleep, O sleep!
  See not the blood of Israel that crawls
Warm yet, into the moon and night; that cries        5
  Even as of old, till all the world stands still
At rapine that even to Israel’s agonies
  Seems strange and monstrous, a mad dream of ill.
Thou sleepest! Yea, but as in grief we said:—
  There is a spiritual life unconquerable.,        10
So, bard of the ancient people, though being dead
  Thou speakest and thy voice we love full well.
Never thy holy memory forsakes us;
Thy spirit is the trumpet that awakes us!
 
 
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