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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Moses in the Desert
By James Montgomery
GO where a foot hath never trod,
  Through unfrequented forests flee;
The wilderness is full of God,
  His presence dwells in every tree.
To Israel and to Egypt dead,        5
  Moses the fugitive appears,
Unknown he lived, till o’er his head
  Had fallen the snow of fourscore years.
But God the wandering found
  In his appointed time and place,        10
The desert sand grew holy ground,
  And Horeb’s rock a throne of grace.
The lonely bush a tree became,
  A tree of beauty and of light,
Involved with unconsuming flame        15
  That made the moon around it night.
Then came the Eternal voice that spake
  Salvation to the chosen seed,
Thence went the Almighty arm that brake
  Proud Pharaoh’s yoke, and Israel freed.        20
By Moses, old and slow of speech,
  These mighty miracles were shown;
Jehovah’s messenger! to teach
  That power belongs to God alone.

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