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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
I saw a Maiden Sweet and Fair
By Rufus Learsi
I SAW a maiden sweet and fair
  Of an ancient wand’ring nation,
Her simple garb the signs did bear
  Of poor and humble station.
Knew she some other clime but late,        5
  This meek and gentle maiden?
Methought I marked her people’s fate,
  On her black tresses laden.
I looked into her great dark eyes,
  Demure and sparkling tender;        10
They gazed serene as May-day skies,
  In calm and cloudless splendor.
Yet oft some inner mood would cast
  A sadness o’er her glances,
As flits a swallow’s shadow past        15
  A brook where sunlight dances.

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