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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
A Tabernacle Thought
By Israel Zangwill
LOVELY grapes and apples,
  And such pretty flowers,
Blooming in the Succah
  That in the backyard towers.
Green leaves for the ceiling        5
  Sift the sun and shade
To a pretty pattern
  As in forest glade.
Cool retreat and dainty
  For a little child,        10
Toddling in, by prospect
  Of its joys beguiled.
Round he casts his blue eyes,
  Stretches hand in haste;
Darling baby, all this        15
  Just is to his taste.
But soon his eyes brim over
  As with sudden tears,
Ah, he learns the lesson
  Of the coming years.        20

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