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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Who Serves Best
By George Alexander Kohut
IN stern debate, all through the night they strove—
The sages of the Talmud, to record
What man deserved the favor of the Lord.
The ancient Rabbi Judah, he who throve
On fasting and on prayer, spake of one        5
Who lavished wealth, as worthy. “Nay,” quoth Saul,
The scribe and scholar, looming gaunt and tall,
“None but the wise is fit to look upon!”
“Not so,” exclaimed the zealot Zadok. “Place
Him first who best observes the Law!” Lo, then was heard        10
A child’s sweet voice which thrilled the men who erred:—
“To him alone is vouchsafed God’s good grace
Who renders loving service to his kind!”—
And ere they grasped the vision, it declined.

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