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p. 10



Open the gate, my love,
  Arise and open the gate,
For my soul is dismayed
And sorely afraid
  And Hagar’s brood mocks my estate.

The heart of the hand-maid’s sons
  Is hateful and haughty grown,
And all because of the cry
Of Ishmael piercing the sky,
  Ascending and reaching the Throne.

I stumble ’twixt beast and beast,
  The wild ass swift to slay
Has followed my flight
From the courts of Night
  Where crushed of the boar I lay.

Alas! for my thick-sealed fate,
  Ah woe for the days to come!
It helps but to pain me
That none can explain me,
  And I, myself, I am dumb.

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