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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Kol Nidré
By M. Osias
IN lonely hours of thought I long
To hear again that sacred song,
So solemn, beautiful and soft,
Which years ago I heard so oft!
No song of war or jilted love,        5
Nor of the moon and stars above;
A wandering tribe without a goal
Asks pardon from its very soul.
Kol Nidré, masterpiece of art,
Thou outcry of a weary heart,        10
Sublime, seraphic, seems to me
The sweetness of thy melody.
No other song is half so rich,
And none may ever so bewitch
Like thee—For magic is thy spell        15
O hymn of Israel.

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