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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Moses and Jesus
By Israel Zangwill
METHOUGHT on two Jews meeting I did chance—
One old, stern-eyed, deep-browed; yet garlanded
With living light of love around his head;
The other young, with sweet, seraphic glance.
Round them went on the Town’s Satanic dance,        5
Hunger a-piping while at heart he bled.
Salom Aleikem mournfully each said,
Nor eyed the other straight, but looked askance.
Sudden from Church outrolled an organ hymn,
From Synagog a loudly chanted air,        10
Each with its prophet’s high acclaim instinct,
Then for the first time met their eyes swift-linked
In one strange, silent, piteous gaze, and dim
With bitter tears of agonized despair.

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