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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Maid of Persia
By Harry Weiss
 
MAID of Persia, Myrtle named,
For thy graces rightly famed,
Esther, ours for evermore,
Queen to-day from oldest yore—
Ere we leave thee let thy grace        5
Linger with us for a space.
 
Israel’s maidens be like thee,
Holding fast fidelity
To the cause of Israel,
That they yield not to the spell        10
Of the glitter and the gold
Shining in another fold.
 
Oh, our hearts are thine to-day
For the dread thou didst allay,
For the plot of Haman foiled        15
That our race was not despoiled,
For the worth of Mordecai
Who the plotters did defy.
 
Let thy spirit be our share
Through whatever lands we fare;        20
Mordecai and Esther be
Lord and queen eternally
In the heart of man and maid,
Making Israel unafraid.
 
Of “the foe that stalks by night,        25
Of the fowlers luring might,”
Of the envy and the hate
Which all centuries relate.
Maid of Juda, daughter dear,
Be thy spirit ever near.        30
 
 
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