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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Chanukah Lights
By Harold Debrest
YOU see these slender tapers standing there
Like Lilliputians wrestling with the air,
In yellow garb, that strange suggestive hue
Of tragic reminiscence to the Jew?
These tiny lights have struggled thus for years;        5
Though often bathed in blood and drenched in tears,
They flicker still—It seems no mortal might
Can crush God’s great miracle of light.
This little group of torches came to show
The hiding place of Heaven here below;        10
By lighting every corner of the earth,
They see and preach life’s meaning and its worth.
Though weak and few they caused the very heart
Of all humanity to stir, and gave the start
To God’s most sacred truths; Indeed proclaim        15
His Fatherhood, His purpose and His name.
Yea, Israel, it is Thy fate to fight
In darkened corners and to shed the light
Till all the world at last has learned to see
Its way to God and immortality.        20

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