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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
The False Hope
By Horace M. Kallen
   “Zionism’s only Hope is in the Jews of America.”—NORDAU.

METHOUGHT I saw the heavy eyelids rise,
  The Midased face shine clear of its gilt dream
  The lightning gaze that should beseem
The answerer; the flash shall fire the skies
With beauty of a mighty heart that flies        5
  Strong with its hope and in its strength supreme
  With its own life a people’s life redeem,
Ordained and sealed unto this enterprise.
This great thing was: dear God! what doth enhance
  The swinish sleep, the dream, the easihead!        10
What turns him from the master—Circumstance
  To slumber and a trough of unearned bread!
O sluggard, spendthrift of the fateful Chance!
  O shameless shame of our heroic dead.

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