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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
The All Father’s Word
By Emily Solis-Cohen, Jr.
WHEN ransomed Israel saw the returning sea
  O’erwhelm the vast array of Pharaoh’s pride,
  And raised exultant hymn above the tide:—
“Lord God eternal who is like to Thee,
Awful in praises, working wondrously!”        5
  God silent bode; but when His angels vied
  With men in choir antiphonal, and cried:—
“His outstretched arm hath set His children free!”
  And heaven like earth rocked with tumultuous song,
  God spake rebuking; and the shamed, mute throng,        10
Awe-swept and trembling, glimpsed a vision new
  Of Love and Pity Infinite, as they heard
  The fathomless sorrow of the All Father’s word:
“Peace. They that perish are My children too.”

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