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The Rabbi's Daughter (Charles K. Harris) A Rabbi sat one evening With Bible on his knee, His daughter knelt beside him For she loved him tenderly, "Come tell me, child, the Rabbi said Why do you weep and sigh? Don't be afraid to trust me, dear, Tell me the reason why." She gazed into his dear kind face and said:"Will you forgive? I love a man with all my heart Without him I can't live." The Rabbi looked down at his child "One question answer me Is he of Jewish faith or not?" Her head sank on his knee. cho: "You are a Rabbi's daughter And as such you must obey, Your father you must honor Unto his dying day. If you a Christian marry Your old father's heart you'll break; You are a Rabbi's daughter, And must leave him for my sake." The hour of midnight sounded, The world seemed all at rest, The maiden kissed a picture And she held it to her breast, I'm told I must not love you, dear, I ne'er must see your face, And that you cannot marry me For you're not of my faith, But I shall have no other love And though my heart should break, To you my love I'll faithful be, Though I may never wake, Her words came true that very morn, For on her bed so white, The Rabbi found his only child Had died for love that night. RG
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