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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Israel and His Book
By Felix N. Gerson
AN AGE-WORN wanderer, pale with thought and tears,
  With heart heroic and prophetic look,
  Comes clasping to his breast the Sacred Book—
The amulet of Israel through the years!
“Behold!” he says, “through ages dark with fears,        5
  Through travail and through miseries that shook
  The soul of Judah, this he ne’er forsook.
It is his Book!—Therein his God appears!”
His Book! more glorious with supernal light
  Than all the beacons reared by mortal hands        10
Since time first lisped its anguish in the night.
  His Book! That gave a God to all the lands;
Whose pages shall through us again reveal
The wondrous promise grief could not conceal!

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