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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Only a Jew
By David Banks Sickles
NOBODY cares, for he’s only a Jew,
  Crush him with vengeance in sight of the cross!
All of his allies are feeble and few,
  Vice is his jewel and virtue his dross.
Only a Jew, like the prophets of yore,        5
  Bearing with patience his burdens and wrongs;
Leader of liberty, maker of law,
  Singing with David the sweetest of songs.
Only a Jew, with his epics and art,
  Charming the ages with music divine;        10
Ravage his fireside and shiver his heart,
  ’Till he partakes of the bread and the wine.
Only a Jew—like the loved Nazarene,
  Full of forgiveness and pity for all;
Giving them alms with a hand that’s unseen,        15
  Lifting the weak when they totter and fall.
Only a Jew in the reign of thought,
  Winning his way in the ranks of the great;
Marvels of beauty his genius has wrought,
  Cannot be blighted by passion or hate.        20

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