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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Theodore Herzl
By Felix N. Gerson
SUCH men are rare—they tow’r above mankind
  Like Himalayan peaks that touch the skies,—
  Missioned for a majestic enterprise,
They sway not in the fury of the wind;
And on the scroll of life their names are signed        5
  In characters of flame. The great and wise
  Know them afar, and at their bidding rise
To nobler conquests of the heart and mind.
Thou, too, hast dreamed a world compelling dream—
  With glance prophetic and unfalt’ring soul        10
Thy Israel thou strovest to redeem,
  And lead the sorrowing to a longed-for goal.
If thou wert dreaming, Herzl, sleep content—
A dream like Thy God unto Moses sent.

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