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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
Shema Yisrael Adonay-Elohainu Adonay-Echod
By Ibbie McColm Wilson
“SHEMA YISRAEL,” is the lesson we learn
  In the earliest days of our youth.
“Adonay Elohainu,” the Lord is our God,
  How precious and blessed this truth!
            “It never can fail;        5
            Shema Yisrael!”
“Adonay Elohainu,” this is our God
  And ours forever shall be.
Through life he will bless us, in death be our guide
  Till “Shalom”—“Peace eternal”—we see.        10
            Through Him we prevail;
            “Shema Yisrael!”
“Shema Yisrael,” ’tis our mission alone,
  “Adonay Echod” to proclaim
The Lord everlasting shall reign o’er the earth        15
  And “One” be forever His name.
            The future we hail;
            “Shema Yisrael!”

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