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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
The Last Sabbath Light
By H. Rosenblatt (Trans. Leah W. Leonard)
 
THE LAST lone Sabbath candle sheds
  Its light as pure as Torah;
Three other wicks as black as night
  Lie spent in the Menorah.
 
Without, the darkness gathers thick;        5
  The window panes are frozen—
“Oh, God, let not for my last breath
  A pall of gloom be chosen.
 
“On me a mother’s tears were shed
  One evening of each seven;        10
So gather up my dying flame
  And build a star in heaven.”
 
 
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