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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
By Hartley Coleridge
LONE in the wilderness, her child and she,
Sits the dark beauty, and her fierce-eyed boy.
A heavy burden and no winsome toy
To such as she, a hanging babe must be.
A slave without a master—wild, nor free,        5
With anger in her heart! and in her face
Shame for foul wrong and undeserved disgrace,
Poor Hagar mourns her lost virginity!
Poor woman fear not—God is everywhere;
The silent tears, thy thirsty infant’s moan,        10
Are known to Him whose never-absent care
Still wakes to make all hearts and souls his own;
He sends an angel from beneath his throne
To cheer the outcast in the desert bare.

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