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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
By A. R. Aldrich
GOD said: “I will make a poet,”
  And a soul was sent below
With the singer’s wings of rapture,
  With the sufferer’s weight of woe.
God laid on the eyes the poet’s        5
  Awful gift of second sight,
On the restless, questioning spirit,
  All the blackness of the night.
On the body, pangs of torture,
  Hell’s own pains and love’s sharp sting;        10
Doubt you woe must dow’r the poet?
  Hush, draw close and hear him sing!

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