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JULIA RICHMAN, by            
First Line: Come all who serve the city, all who serve
Last Line: She built her life into the city wall.
Alternate Author Name(s): Green, Coroebus
Subject(s): Jews; Richman, Julia (1855-1912); Judaism


COME all who serve the city, all who serve
The glorious golden city of our dream,
With true heart-service that can never swerve,
How faint soe'er the strength or far the gleam—
Come sorrow proudly for our comrade passed
Into the silence: one who served indeed
In all things, even unto the least and last,
Spending herself to meet the moment's need.
Share memories of that strong, illumined face,
Keen speech, and courage springing to the test,
And all the fervor of the ancient race
That finds its longed-for East in this young West.
Be this the sum, the last word best of all:
She built her life into the city wall.





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