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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
The Poets of Old Israel
By John Vance Cheney
OLD Israel’s readers of the stars,
I love them best. Musing, they read,
In embers of the heavenly hearth,
High truths were never learned below.
They asked not of the barren sands,        5
They questioned not that stretch of death;
But upward from the humble tent
They took the stairway of the hills;
Upward they climbed, bold in their trust,
To pluck the glory of the stars,        10
Faith falters, knowledge does not know,
Fast, one by one, the phantoms fade;
But that strange light, unwavering love,
Grasped from the lowered hand of God,
Abides, quenchless forevermore.        15

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