A Short History of Jewish Literature: From the Fall of the Temple (70 C.E.) to the Era of Emancipation (1786 C.E.)

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T. Fisher Unwin, 1906 - Hebrew literature - 176 pages
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Page 6 - Everything is foreseen, yet freedom of choice is given ; and the world is judged by grace, yet all is according to the amount of work.
Page 77 - Oh, who will give me wings That I may fly away, And there, at rest from all my wanderings, The ruins of my heart among thy ruins lay?
Page 98 - Thy footstool be: Before I call, oh! do Thou answer me, For nothing dare I claim of Thee, my King! O Thou Who makest guilt to disappear, My help, my hope, my rock, I will not fear; Though Thou the body hold in dungeon drear, The soul has found the palace of the King.
Page 131 - If there are ranks in suffering, Israel takes precedence of all the nations - if the duration of sorrows and the patience with which they are borne ennoble, the Jews are among the aristocracy of every land - if a literature is called rich in the possession of a few classic tragedies, what shall we say to a National Tragedy lasting for fifteen hundred years, in which the poets and the actors were also the heroes?
Page 64 - As he writes in his greatest poem, he would fly from God to God : From thee to thee I fly to win A place of refuge, and within Thy shadow from thy anger hide, Until thy wrath be turned aside. Unto thy mercy I will cling, Until thou hearken pitying; Nor will I quit my hold of thee, Until thy blessing light on me.
Page xi - Rabbinism was a sequel to the Bible, and if like all sequels it was unequal to its original,, it nevertheless shared its greatness. The works of all Jews up to the modern period were the sequel to this sequel. Through them all may be detected the unifying principle that literature in its truest sense includes life itself; that intellect is the handmaid to conscience; and that the best books are those which best teach men how to live. This underlying unity gave more harmony to Jewish literature than...
Page 33 - Hillel, the gentle, the beloved sage, Expounded day by day the sacred page To his disciples in the house of learning; And day by day, when home at eve returning, They lingered, clust'ring round him, loth to part From him whose gentle rule won every heart. But evermore, when they were wont to plead For longer converse, forth he went with speed, Saying each day: " I go — the hour is late — To tend the guest who doth my coming wait," Until at last they said: "The Rabbi jests, When telling us thus...
Page 76 - So we must be divided! Sweetest, stay! Once more mine eyes would seek thy glance's light ! At night I shall recall thee; thou, I pray, Be mindful of the days of our delight! Come to me in my dreams, I ask of thee, And even in thy dreams be gentle unto me!
Page 98 - He answers for his guilt before the King. Thine is the love, O God ! and Thine the grace, That folds the sinner in its mild embrace ; Thine the forgiveness bridging o'er the space 'Twixt man's works and the task set by the King.
Page 119 - My son, make thy books thy companions, let thy cases and shelves be thy pleasure-grounds and gardens. Bask in their paradise, gather their fruit, pluck their roses, take their spices and their myrrh. If thy soul be satiate and weary, change from garden to garden, from furrow to furrow, from prospect to prospect. Then will thy desire renew itself, and thy soul be filled with delight!

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