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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
The Seder
By J. F.
RING in the glorious festal-tide
  That dawns o’er land and sea,
Proclaim the story far and wide
  That made a people free.
A wondrous tale and often told,        5
  Yet never dim it grows,
And now as in the days of old
  No fading light it knows.
But ever fresh and bright it comes
  Across the moving years,        10
And gayly in our festive homes
  Rings welcome in our ears.
A table set in spotless white
  With gladsome hearts around,
A hallowed scene of joy and light        15
  As nowhere else is found.
The symbols of our feast in line
  Before our view are spread,
The bitter herb and mystic wine,
  The Paschal meat and bread.        20
Then from the book of ancient lore
  The tale again is told,
With heightened tone and full rich store
  Of legend quaint and old.
How Israel came to Egypt’s land        25
  And through long years did bide,
How on them Pharaoh laid his hand
  In all his godless pride.
Till God, He heard their bitter cry,
  And swift His vengeance wrought,        30
’Mid signs and wonders from on high
  The tyrant low was brought.
God led them on to victory:
  Freedom crowned their day,
They marched away a people free        35
  With banners high and gay.
And so with praise to God and song,
  Israel far and wide
Remembers through the ages long
  This happy festal-tide.        40

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