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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Simon Wolf
By Felix N. Gerson
THE MEASURE of a worthy man
  Is not the count of days or years—
That life is noblest that doth plan
  Assuagement of a people’s tears.
His people’s tears he did allay—        5
  O’er rugged steeps his hands were spread
To help his brethren find a way
  From the dark labyrinth of dread.
In the brave heart—the lofty mind—
  The dauntless spirit that outran        10
The body’s strength, the world shall find
  The measure of a worthy man!

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