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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
The Cry of Israel
By Solomon Ibn Gabirol (Trans. Solomon Solis Cohen)
THOU knowest my tongue, O God,
  Fain would it bring
A precious gift—the songs
  Thou makest me sing!
Thou guidest my steps from eld;        5
  If boon too high
I ask—Thou gavest me speech,
  Spurn not my cry!
My thoughts hast Thou made pure
  As whitest fleece;        10
Thou wilt not that mine heart
  Shall ne’er have peace.
Oh, be my refuge now,
  Even as of yore.
My God, my Savior, Thou—        15
  Tarry no more!

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