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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Joseph Joachim
By Robert Bridges
 
BELOV’D of all to whom the muse is dear,
  Who hid her spirit of rapture from the Greek
  Whereby our art excelleth the antique,
Perfecting formal beauty to the ear:
Thou hast been in England many a year        5
  The interpreter who left us nought to seek,
  Making Beethoven’s inmost passion speak,
Bringing the soul of great Sebastian near.
Their music liveth ever and ’tis just
  That thou good Joachim so high thy skill        10
  Rank (as thou shalt upon the heavenly hill)
Laurel’d with them, for thy ennobling trust
  Remembered when thy loving hand is still
And every ear that heard thee stopt with dust.
 
 
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