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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
A Succoth Hymn
By Joseph Leiser
 
FOR garnered fields and meadows cropped
  And orchards plucked of peach and pear—
Lord, what Thy hand has given us,
  For this we bring our grateful prayer.
 
To Thee we come with hearts made glad:        5
  For wheat that is our staff and stay;
For oats and rye that caught the glint
  Of sunset on a summer’s day.
 
With face upturned in sun and rain,
  And stout resolves to do our task—        10
O Lord, who gives to each his due,
  Thy blessings for these do we ask:—
 
That never faltering, though our arms
  Were weary and and our spirits spent;
That bravely we endured the toil        15
  And anguish that the seasons sent;
 
We thank Thee, yea, for throbs of Love
  That glorify each earth-born soul,
And link all pulsing hearts to Thee
  In one vast, universal whole.        20
 
 
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