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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
The Immortality of Israel
By Judah Ha-Levi (Trans. Israel Cohen)
 
THE SUN and moon unchanging do obey
The laws that never cease or night or day.
Appointed signs are they to Jacob’s seed
That life eternal hath been them decreed.
And though, O Lord, thy left hand dealeth pain,        5
Thy right shall lead them back to joy again.
Let not despair oppress their quailing heart,
Though radiant Fortune from their midst depart.
But let this constant faith their soul uphold,
That in the Book of Life their name’s enrolled        10
For all eternity: nor shall they cease
While night and day do alternate in peace.
 
 
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