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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
The American Jewess
By Albert Ulmann
 
O YOUNGEST daughter of thy ancient race,
  In thy behalf great progress has been wrought;
Thou hast advanced unto a higher place
  In this free land of stirring act and thought.
Unhampered child of liberty art thou,        5
  Upon whom smiles each science and each art;
The fetters of the past are rent and now
  Thou canst go freely forth and do thy part.
But more than this the present means to thee:
  Thou art the sponsor of thy people’s weal,        10
And thine the sacred privilege to be
  The guardian spirit of its high ideal—
To seek the right, uphold the just, the true,
And make of each a better man, a worthier Jew.
 
 
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