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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
A Prayer
By V. H. Friedlander
LEAVE not a veil before my eyes,
Tear from my mind the shield of lies,
And from my soul the web of sophistries;
  Yea, though I stricken, shirk and flee,
  God, give me eyes to see.        5
Send me no song so honey-sweet
That I forget the harsher beat
Of life, the pulsing discords of the street,
  Smite me with sorrow as a spear—
  But give me ears to hear.        10
Grant me the will to pay for light,
For vision overtopping sight,
And dreams that are not of the passing night;
  Yield, at what price Thou shalt demand,
  A heart to understand.        15

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