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TO WALTER LIONEL DE ROTHSCHILD ON HIS BAR-MITZVAH, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thine is the heritage of ancient birth
Last Line: Thy heart shall know a peace no pain can mar.
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry; Bar & Bat Mitzvahs; Jews; Heritage; Heredity; Judaism


THINE is the heritage of ancient birth,
Age upon age hath dawned since first thy race
Was cradled in the empurpled East: the place
Whence seer and king have sprung—the great of earth.
And thine the heritage of higher worth;
The large-souled Charity, whose pitying grace
Hath left nor land nor sea without its trace,
And raised a plenteous harvest 'midst the dearth,
But thine a greater heritage than these;
The heaven-born Faith, thy sires have taught the world
Which lifts thine eyes to God without surcease,
And bid thee guard His banner, wide unfurled.
That deathless Faith make thou thy steadfast star,
Thy heart shall know a peace no pain can mar.





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