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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
“As side by side they traveled through the years”
By Anne P. L. Field
   A tribute to the women who went down to death with their husbands—suggested by Mrs. Isidor Straus’s devotion.

AS side by side they traveled through the years
  Strong in a love that daily grew in power,
  So they together faced their final hour
With hearts whose steadfast courage conquered fears;
Eager for life, yet dauntless volunteers        5
  Among the ranks of death. So great deeds flower
  From scenes of tragedy. So great souls tower
Above the grave and bid us dry our tears!
And womanhood throughout the world must thrill
  Before the glory of that sacrifice        10
To love and loyalty. The ready will
  That chose to die rather than pay the price
For life, and thus upon its latest breath
Proved to mankind love’s triumph over death!

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