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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Moritz Steinschneider
By George Alexander Kohut
 
IF I had known, dear Master, when of late
  I held thy hand within my own to say
  The thousand things I’d thought of on the way,
But sheer forgot for very awe to state;—
If I had known the summons was so near        5
  And that thy presence never more would grace
  The little room that was the trysting place
Of every scholar, booklover and seer
  That came from North, from South, from East, and West
  To call himself thy pupil and be blest—        10
I fain would have besought thee to allow
  My unclean lips to kiss the wizard hand
  That made of learning such a wonderland,
And lost its matchless cunning only now.
 
 
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