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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
I Would Reply
By Milton Goldsmith
 
IF one should say, “Thou art a Jew,
  Of race for centuries downtrod!”
I would reply: “So was he, too,
  Whom you’ve exalted to your God!
Is it a stigma kin to be        5
With him who preached in Galilee?”
 
If one should say, “What are the deeds
  The Jew has done!” I would reply:—
“The corner-stone of modern creeds
  Was laid by him in years gone by.        10
He broke the gyves of tyranny
And taught the world humanity!”
 
If one should say, “Thy cult is old!”
  I would reply: “Why, so is Truth!
But like the brilliancy of gold        15
  It still shines with untarnished youth.
Whatever truths your church may show,
The Jew professed them long ago.”
 
 
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