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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Israel in Russia
By Arthur Guiterman
 
THOU art but One! O God to Whom we bow
            In adoration;
E’en as in Egypt, Thou wilt hear us now—
            Thy Chosen Nation.
 
Much have we sinned; far from Thy face have fled,        5
            By passion driven.
Deep our repentance; Thou myself hast said
            We are forgiven.
 
Empires of old upon us heaped their chains,
            Burthens and lashes;        10
Thy thunders rolled—and of their might remains
            Stubble and ashes!
 
Still those we taught to hold Thy Name in awe
            Smite and berate us;
We are the leash that binds them to Thy Law—        15
            Wherefore they hate us!
 
Vengeance is Thine! yet Thine is mercy, too.
            “Shield us, but grieve them
Not!” be our prayer: “They know not what they do.
            Father! forgive them!”        20
 
 
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