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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
As the Stars and the Sands
By S. Frug (Trans. Joseph Jasin)
THE HILLS and the valleys are flooded with moonlight,
  The radiant stars, how resplendent they gleam!
Before me lies open the dear, olden volume,
  On whose pages I ponder and dream.
I pore o’er its pages so precious and sacred,        5
  When sudden there whispers a voice unto me:
“I have promised, O Israel, I have sworn to make you
  Like the stars of the heavens, the sands of the sea!”
O Lord of Creation! what mortal dare question
  A single word of Thy Promise of grace?        10
Every deed Thou hast pledged Thou art mighty to do it—
  Each thing in its time, each part in its place.
And one thing e’en now Thou hast surely fulfilled it,
  Mine own eyes behold it, forbidding all doubt;
We have become like the sand that is worthless,        15
  Trodden and trampled and blown about.
Yes, dear Lord, as the sand the pebbles
  Are we scattered and strewn ’neath contemptuous feet;
But the stars—how long, O Lord, ere the stars
  The yearning eyes with their glory shall greet?        20

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