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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Sunshine After Storm
By William Dearness
A Tale from the Talmud

THE RABBI viewed on Zion’s hill
  A fox the holy ruins treading,
Expanding griefs their bosoms fill,
  Who suppliant hands to heaven are spreading.
With dancing eyes and ringing laugh,        5
  Akiba marks the fox descending;
Exulting, waves aloft his staff;
  His ill-timed mirth his friends offending.
How canst thou smile? See God’s own house,
  His holy place wild beasts infesting.        10
Such would indignant pity rouse,
  If grace be still within thee resting.
Why weep? quoth he, when near fulfilled:
  Her doom of trouble we’re beholding.
Join you with what another skilled        15
  In heavenly purpose, is unfolding.
Comes next, the later, happier seer
  Who Salem’s glory sees in vision,
Of men and dames whose hundredth year
  Abounds in peace and rich provision.        20
Jeshurun toils through grief to joy.
  Whom God would choose, He first must chasten,
Let Israel faith and hope employ
  His higher destiny to hasten.

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