By Grace Goldin

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Do you with forehead knock against the floor Or sing His praises to the sound of lutes? ” Naomi kissed her. “Orpah, turn aside! You ought not dabble in such speculations: The kernels of religious thought reside Neither in Orpah’s heart nor in her nation’s; A darkened mind might be the end of it 35 This Library PDF version is for the use on an institutional computer only. com << Chapter >> Home | TOC If you should force yourself to my conclusion; Like yours, so was my husband’s mind unfit For heavenly things, that brought him to confusion: Wife of my Chilion, Orpah, go your ways; I am returning to my own far country, Where we greet foreigners with scanty praise And treat idolators with some effrontery; And it were well for Ruth to go with you Back to the atmosphere you always knew.

CHILION: You speak of royal blood as if it were The brine of fishwives. You have seen the maidens Some years ago at court. You must recall them. They are as they were then, but quieter. MAHLON: Ruth Is like some slender damsel of fourteen: I never saw in Israel or Moab Woman of such a hushed gracefulness! 15 This Library PDF version is for the use on an institutional computer only. com << Chapter >> Home | TOC Low in her speech and marvellous in motion, The dancer tamed. ELIMELECH: The dancer at what altar?

Com << Chapter >> Home | TOC And God repeatedly warned us, had we ears To hearken, eyes to look upon the Lord. What but a warning was my Elimelech’s Madness and eventual suicide? The loss of asses, oxen, camels, and At last these young lives lingering into death? The Lord God does not state a death-warrant All in one breath, or with one final word: He speaks, and waits; He speaks and waits once more And only on the wholly deaf will pour His unreprieved, His thunderous retribution. There is no way to double back this curse: I would outrun it, but it follows after.

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