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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
On the Grave of Michael Gordon
By S. Frug
ONE more gravestone—one more heart
  Cold and still has found relief,
From the joy and bitter smart,
  From the wrath of other’s grief.
Where the ash is strewn about        5
  Lies the dear old fiddle lone
And the crazy song rang out
  With a sudden sound of moan.
Strong and earnest, unafraid
  Rose the song clear and high.        10
Ring the bell—the piece is played!
  Hushed the laughter, hushed the cry.
In the land where, free from pain,
  Thou, dear soul, art gone to live,
One assurance still retain        15
  All the comfort we can give.
This, while yet there lives a Jew,
  Through the many coming years
Shall thy songs be sung anew
  Some with laughter, some with tears.        20
Sleep thou spirit sweet and rare,
  Where the leaves of life are shed!
Thine own songs shall be the Pray’r
  Spoke in blessing o’er the dead.

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