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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Esther
By Helen Hunt Jackson
 
A FACE more vivid than he dreamed who drew
  Thy portrait in that thrilling tale of old!
  Dead queen, we see thee still, thy beauty cold
As beautiful; thy dauntless heart which knew
No fear,—not even of a king who slew        5
  At pleasure; maiden heart which was not sold,
  Though all the maiden flesh the king’s red gold
Did buy! The loyal daughter of the Jew,
  No hour saw thee forget his misery;
  Thou wert not queen until thy race went free;        10
Yet thoughtful hearts, that ponder slow and deep,
  Find doubtful reverence at last for thee;
Thou heldest thy race too dear, thyself too cheap;
Honor no second place for truth can keep.
 
 
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