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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
“Couldst thou have lived to share with us this hour”
By Henry Cohen
COULDST thou have lived to share with us this hour
            Of grateful praise,
When minds of men are turned towards the far
            Columbus days,
Then would thy lyre spell out thy wond’rous thoughts        5
            In sweetest strain.
Thy soul would sing to us a touching song
            Of fitful Spain;
Of monarchs that thrust forth a helpless band
            Into the night;        10
Of monarchs that bade speed to him who found
            This land of light.
Ah! now we miss thee. More and more to-day
            We wish thee here,
Thy words are lacking, and the many moods        15
            That brought us cheer.
Where are the bright inspiring tones of love
            That gave us rest;
And taught us by their ever-charméd lines
            That thou wert blest?        20
.    .    .    .    .    .    .
Gone! Gone! ’Tis true, but not without their good
            In lustre shed,
Through hearts whose flames were kindled by the light
            Of one since dead.

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