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First Line: No fawn-tinged hospital pajamas
Last Line: They dwindled while he soared.
Subject(s): Jews; Revolutions; Judaism

No fawn-tinged hospital pajamas could cheat him
of his austerity
Which tamed even the doctors with its pure fire.
They examined him; made him bow to them:
Massive altars were they, at whose swollen feet
grovelled a worshiper.
Then they laughed, half in scorn of him; and there
came a miracle:
The little man was above them at a bound.
His austerity, like an irresistible sledge-hammer,
drove them lower and lower:
They dwindled while he soared.

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