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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Esther J. Ruskay
By George Alexander Kohut
WE meet to-day to call upon thy name,
  With wistful eyes to contemplate and trace
  Each feature of thy well-remembered face;
And as we light the faint memorial flame
To hear above the cadence of our prayer        5
The brush of wings across the tranquil air,
As though thy radiant spirit rustled there;—
To see thee once again, ere yet we go
  Our devious ways, unmindful of the gloom,
  And know that though we robed thee for the tomb        10
Thou livest yet, transfigured and aglow,
In far-off fields of fragrant asphodel,
Where seraphs and thy starry kindred dwell—
Revered and loved and mourned in Israel.

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