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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Ruth and Naomi
By Lowell Courier
A RABBI’S child and Puritan’s once met;
  And, like those fabled mates, with each a wing,
  That only soar when they together cling,
These comrades happy joined in mutual debt
For rich ancestral stores most alien. Yet        5
  As greatest pleasures know no lasting spring—
  Death came; but sunny Mem’ry comforting,
In tears with brightest rays her rainbow set.
Might Naomi not often glean with Ruth,
And thus give time a double joy and worth?        10
  It takes the each and all from every clime
To cull auspiciously the seeds of truth;
To win anew a Paradise for earth
  And reap in joy the harvest—truth sublime.

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