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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
God’s Messengers
By Mrs. A. R. Levy
 Rabbon Gamaliel said: “Make His will thy will,… subvert thy will to His will.”—Aboth 2, 4.

I ASKED the wind, “Where hast thou been
  Since last thy voice I heard,
Since last the quivering of thy wings
  The leafy branches stirred,
And freighted from its moss-clad home        5
  Each gentle nestling bird?
“Ah, wherefore didst thou swell the storm
  When good ships went to sea;
And why was bent the tall stout mast—
  The cordage rent by thee;        10
And why, when shattered bark went down,
  Thy shout of victory?”
“If o’er the ocean I have swept
  And lashed its waves to heaven,
While high before me on the surge        15
  The hapless bark was driven,
And loud and fearful rose the cry
  Of men from warm life riven,
“I did His bidding who doth hold,
  In His all-powered hand,        20
The whirlwind that hath swept in might
  O’er ocean wave and land;
I questioned not why such things were—
  Can mortal understand?”
Do thou His bidding—question not        25
  Nor cower like frightened dove;
Thou art the messenger of God,
  Sent from the heights above.
Know thou art by the Father bid,
  Thy God—and God is Love.        30

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