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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
To the Memory of Grace Aguilar
Author of “Woman’s Friendship,” “Vale of Cedars,” etc., etc.

AND thou art gone, Grace Aguilar,
  The “Darling” of the race;
Child of the “hated,” thou wert one
  E’en any sphere to grace;
And O, like her, proud Hebrew maid,        5
  Thou didst awake a cry,
Pure as the northern peasant was,
  Is chronicled on high.
For though destruction’s bosom swept
  Thy children o’er the earth,        10
They yet shall worship in the land
  Which gave their fathers birth;
And Zion’s song shall yet be deemed
  Acceptable to God,
And Zion’s maidens sweetly dance        15
  On Jordan’s hallow’d sod.
And, lovely one, like Wilberforce,
  Thou scarce didst live to see
Thy prayer fulfill’d, the fact’ry child
  From slavery set free.        20
Like “Darling” thou didst raise the cry,
  The helpless heard thy voice,
And hoping still, thou help’dst them on,
  And bade their souls rejoice.
I mourn for thee, my sister friend,        25
  As kindred in that art
Which is Divine—a holy tie
  No human pow’r can part.
When first my muse essay’d to sing,
  ’Neath Wilson’s fostering care,        30
Thou, too didst grace the glowing page,
  And Youatt’s name was there.
We knew no creed, save that which bound
  Our souls in ties as strong
As revelation e’er proclaimed        35
  Or grac’d the Psalmist’s song;
Onward we went, one hope in view,
  Both pilgrims on the road,
Towards the “everlasting towers,”
  “The city of our God.”        40
Peace to thine ashes! May there rise
  From out thine ashes now,
A genius of thy race, as bright,
  As purely bright as thou.
And when our earthly race is o’er,        45
  O may we meet above,
And join the bright-robed heav’nly throng
  Who sing that “God is Love.”

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