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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
“Fire from high, holy heaven down-drawn”
By James Maurice Thompson
 
FIRE from high, holy heaven down-drawn,
  By her strong soul and true,
Flashed over Israel, a sudden dawn
  With star-song wild and new,
A moment silent in her fair, firm hand        5
  The harp of David lay,
Then gulfs of hopeless, sorrowing years were spanned
  When she began to play,
Hers was a woman’s song, whose martial force
  All preludes down-hurled—        10
Razed every wall that barred its noble course
  Around the hindering world.
On far blood-hallowed hills the trampled dust
  Of patriarch sires did glow,
And matchless swords, long buried in their rust,        15
  Leaped eager for the blow.
In their lone tombs the Hebrew heroes heard,
  The prophets felt and knew.
How once again divinest courage stirred
  The genius of the Jew.        20
A Maccabean influence thrilled the sky,
  And shone from star and sun,
The banner of old days was passing by
  With toph and clarion!
 
 
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