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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
David Kaufmann
By George Alexander Kohut
 
AMID the murm’ring din and seething strife
  Of all the world’s contending victories,
  Thou, modest scholar, writing histories
Hast caused Judæa’s past to pulse with life;
Hast conjured, with the magic of thy touch,        5
  Whose quiver had the thrill of the sublime,
  The soul from its clay; and hast rescued time
From its only foe: oblivion’s clutch,
Which holds enthralled beneath its aged crust
  The teeming mysteries of throbbing thought        10
  So many tried to find, yet few have sought
To read aright, and read aright, to trust.
  Great Poet-Thinker, Critic of the Past,
  Thine is a memory to live, to last!
 
 
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