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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
To Walter Lionel de Rothschild on His Bar-Mitzvah
By Louis B. Abrahams
 
THINE is the heritage of ancient birth,
  Age upon age hath dawned since first thy race
  Was cradled in the empurpled East: the place
Whence seer and king have sprung—the great of earth.
And thine the heritage of higher worth;        5
  The large-souled Charity, whose pitying grace
  Hath left nor land nor sea without its trace,
And raised a plenteous harvest ’midst the dearth,
But thine a greater heritage than these;
  The heaven-born Faith, thy sires have taught the world;        10
Which lifts thine eyes to God without surcease,
  And bid thee guard His banner, wide unfurled.
That deathless Faith make thou thy steadfast star,
Thy heart shall know a peace no pain can mar.
 
 
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