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SUNSHINE AFTER STORM; A TALE FROM THE TALMUD, by            
First Line: The rabbi viewed on zion's hill
Last Line: His higher destiny to hasten.
Subject(s): Clergy; Israel; Jews; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops; Judaism


THE rabbi viewed on Zion's hill
A fox the holy ruins treading,
Expanding griefs their bosoms fill,
Who suppliant hands to heaven are spreading.

With dancing eyes and ringing laugh,
Akiba marks the fox descending;
Exulting, waves aloft his staff;
His ill-timed mirth his friends offending.

How canst thou smile? See God's own house,
His holy place wild beasts infesting.
Such would indignant pity rouse,
If grace be still within thee resting.

Why weep? quoth he, when near fulfilled:
Her doom of trouble we're beholding.
Join you with what another skilled
In heavenly purpose, is unfolding.

Comes next, the later, happier seer
Who Salem's glory sees in vision,
Of men and dames whose hundredth year
Abounds in peace and rich provision.

Jeshurun toils through grief to joy.
Whom God would choose, He first must chasten,
Let Israel faith and hope employ
His higher destiny to hasten.





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