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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
My Father’s Bible
By George Alexander Kohut
 
THERE is one book, far dearer than the rest,
  Upon my treasured shelves: It is not bound
  In costly skin or vellum, yet profound
Is the esteem and rev’rence in my breast,
  As I now lift it from its wonted place,        5
  To bless it first, and read it for a space:—
It gives me comfort now, though time was when
  Fierce anguish smote my soul, as, all unseen,
  The crumbled leaves I turned, and saw between
The crystal drops of sorrow once again        10
Which wrung my blessed father’s spirit then;—
  But now I read it, ever so serene,
And close the Bible gently, when I’ve done,
And kiss its covers, too, when I’m alone.
 
 
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