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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
To Forgive Is Divine
By M. L. R. Breslar
FATHER of Mercies, and all Human Love,
  Who peereth far beyond our sullen skies,
  Remember all the smile-borne agonies,
And stubborn scars of saintly men who strove
With glaives of griefless Faith, in dyke and grove,        5
  And byre and barn, ’gainst the barbarities
  Of priest and mob, and the atrocities
By traitors wreaked in passion for their dove.
Remember not those loathsome deeds, O Lord!
  But spread the light of Wisdom in the hearts        10
  Of Rulers, and of Nations in those parts,
Where ripens knowledge of Thine Holy Word,
  That in our day, Israel may once more
  Have Peace, and Sunshine, as in days of yore.

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