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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Leopold Zunz
By J. F.
TO thee o’er whose fresh-closed tomb
The early violets and snowdrops bloom,
With these, for thee, I interweave
This votive wreath of laurel leaf.
Thine was a spirit of an earlier age,        5
When nobler triumphs graced the stage,
Whereon our country’s heroes moved,
Who gloriously their guerdon proved.
And thine it was to flash a clearer light
O’er the tragedy of an age-long night,        10
And trace, in living words, the story
Of Israel’s virile thought and former glory.
Wakening the echoes of a far-off time,
In strains scarce less sublime,
Than those the halls of Zion rang,        15
When, o’er the land her minstrels sang.
Leaving to Israel a lingering ray,
A promised dawn of a brighter day,
Long o’er thy mem’ry a nation’s love will dwell,
Nor soon nor yet will bid a last farewell.        20

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