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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Who Are the Wise?
From Ethics of the Fathers

THEY who have governed with a self control
Each wild and baneful passion of the soul—
Curbed the strong impulse of all fierce desires,
But kept alive affection’s purer fires;
Those who have passed the labyrinth of life        5
Without one hour of weakness or of strife;
Prepared each change of future to endure,
Humble tho’ rich, and dignified tho’ poor—
Skilled in the latest movements of the heart—
Learned in that lore which nature can impart;        10
Teaching that sweet philosophy aloud
Which sees the silver lining of the cloud;
Looking for good in all beneath the skies—
Those only can be numbered with the wise.

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