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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
The Royal Crown
By Israel Abrahams
MY God, I know that those who plead
To thee for grace and mercy need
All their good works should go before
And wait for them at heaven’s high door.
But no good deed have I to bring,        5
No righteousness for offering,
No service for my Lord and King.
Yet hide not thou thy face from me,
Nor cast me out afar from thee;
But when thou bidd’st my life to cease,        10
O mayst thou lead me forth in peace
Unto the world to come, to dwell
Among the pious ones, who tell
Thy glories inexhaustible.
There let my portion be with those        15
Who to Eternal life arose;
There purify my heart aright,
In thy light to behold the light.
Raise me from deepest depths to share
Heaven’s endless joys of praise and prayer,        20
That I may evermore declare.
Though thou wast angered, Lord, I will give thanks to thee,
For past is now thy wrath, and thou dost comfort me.

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