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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
The Old Book
By Abram S. Isaacs
O BOOK of books, and friend of friends alone,
How deep the debt of gratitude to thee!
For every human ill thou hast a charm,
With fragrance fresh as in Judæan days.
How clear the message that thy pages bring        5
To rich and poor, to old and young the same,
Forever sounding ’mid the centuries:—
That God’s our father, tender, just and true,
And we His children all, both bond and free
Though clouds and darkness meet us on the way,        10
Thy radiant light is ever shining there.

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