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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
France’s Shame
By B. B. Usher
TALK not of Christian France, lest mantling shame
Glow in its fiery blush to burning flame,
And on the altar of the wide world’s ire
Doom French injustice to eternal fire.
With public scorn we loath the vengeful lust        5
In which French soldiers have betrayed their trust,
And bide the time when in the coming years
Her infamy is purged with bloody tears.
All nations call for justice to the Jew,
Condemn the false, and magnify the true.        10
’Tis Israel’s triumph, never more complete;
“Conviction” has brought victory, to France, defeat.
The world judges, France now bears the shame
And Dreyfus glories in unsullied name.
Let God avenge and man restrain his hate,        15
Jehovah’s justice is immaculate;
Abide in faith and in the end we must
See France degraded, humbled in the dust.

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