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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Rodef Shalom
By W. G. Skillman
WHEN ancient nations bowed the knee
  To idols made of wood and stone,
The Hebrew nation claimed to be
  The worshippers of God alone.
For this they suffer’d, bled, and died,        5
  A chosen people strong and free;
Strong in the faith that should abide
  Of God’s own matchless majesty.
Chosen the heralds of a light,
  The blinded nations could not see,        10
Chosen to banish moral right
  And rescue from Idolatry.
Still strong in faith of God alone,
  They rear this Temple to His name,
Jehovah’s power and love to own,        15
  His tender mercies to proclaim.
Hail! Holy One enthron’d above,
  The God and Father of us all,
The Triumphs of Fraternal Love
  Shall prove we heed Thy loving call.        20
Nor shall our labors e’er be done
  Till God is honor’d and ador’d
By every nation ’neath the sun,
  The one Jehovah, sovereign Lord.

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