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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
“Moses as Lamp-Bearer”
By William Stigand
A CURIOUS fancy seized on Moses’ soul,
To know if God, the Lord, slept like a man:
So Allah sent an angel from on high,
Who to the Holy Prophet this wise spake—
“Take, Moses, in thy hands two burning lamps,        5
Then take thy stand and hold thyself upright,
With both arms stretched full length, and keep them so;
And watch then the whole night through and through.”
Then Moses took the lamps and placed himself
And held them fast on high a long, long time.        10
But at the last such weariness came on him,
That the lamps fell to earth from out his hands.
“Thus,” cried the angel, “thus, O simple man,
Thus would the sun and moon and starry host,
Thus would the joined fabric of the world        15
In waste and ruin fall, did Allah sleep!”

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