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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
When Is the Jew in Paradise?
By Joseph Leiser
WHEN is the Jew in Paradise,
  Unchained from want and care;
When joy wings word of happiness
  And peace perfumes the air?
When is the hour his heart is light        5
  And slow he is to grieve?
The Jew has but one Paradise,
  And that is Friday eve.
A noble queen, she comes to bless
  And bear his cares away.        10
To every home this Princess comes
  And sanctifies the day.
The rich and poor, both old and young,
  With gratitude receive
The Sabbath Princess of the Jew,        15
  Their guest of Friday eve.
Who sees her face, Shekinah-like,
  He lives a hundred years;
His children’s children bless her name
  And all that she endears;        20
Her sacred, silent footsteps pass
  Through every heart and leave
A thousand blessings for the joy
  She gives on Friday eve.

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