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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
The Jews in Russia
By Edward Doyle
FROM town and village to a wood, stript bare,
  As they of their possessions, see them throng,
  Above them grows a cloud; it moves along,
As flee they from the circling wolf pack’s glare.
Is it their Broken-Shadow of despair,        5
  The looming of their life of cruel wrong
  For countless ages? No; their faith is strong
In their Jehovah; that huge cloud is prayer.
A flash of light, and black the despot lies,
  What thunder round the world!        10
          ’Tis transport’s strain
  Proclaiming loud: “No righteous prayer is vain.
No God-imploring tears are lost; they rise
  Into a cloud, and in the sky remain,
Till they draw lightning from Jehovah’s eyes.”        15

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