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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Our Creed
By J. Leonard Levy
 
THERE is one only God
  Through nature’s vast domains;
A God of Righteousness,
  Whose love fore’er remains,
None can compare to Him,        5
  Eternal is His name,
He was of old, He is,
  And will be e’er the same.
 
He is the First and Last,
  And absolutely One,        10
Without divided parts,
  And equal has He none.
Unchanging is His law,
  Immutable His will,
And though we often err,        15
  His mercy guards us still.
 
Our inmost secret thought
  Before Him open lies,
Our deeds are all observed
  By His all-seeing eyes.        20
All goodness He rewards,
  On sin He sends a blight,
The clean and pure of heart
  Are His supreme delight.
 
This uncreated God,        25
  O man, is Father, Friend;
The heavens, earth and seas
  He made from end to end.
He is the King of kings,
  Of lords the highest Lord,        30
By all that has life’s breath
  He is to be adored.
 
To love Him we must do
  True service for mankind,
For thus, a paradise        35
  On earth we all shall find.
In His most loving hands
  Our souls in faith we place,
In life and death we trust
  His justice and His grace.        40
 
 
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