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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
The Meeting of Isaac and Rebecca
By Arthur Hugh Clough
 
WHO is this man that walketh in the field,
O Eleazer, steward to my lord?
And Eleazer answered her and said,
Daughter of Bethuel, it is other none
But my lord Isaac, son unto my lord,        5
Who as his wont is, walketh in the field,
In the hour of evening meditating there.
 
Therefore Rebekah hasted where she sat,
And from her camel ’lighting to the earth,
Sought for a veil and put it on her face.        10
 
But Isaac also, walking in the field,
Saw from afar a company that came,
Camels, and a seat as where a woman sat;
Wherefore he came and met them on the way.
Whom, when Rebekah saw, she came before        15
Saying, Behold the handmaiden of my lord,
Who, for my lord’s sake travel from my land.
 
But he said, O thou blessed of our God,
Come, for the tent is eager for thy face.
Shall not thy husband be unto thee more than        20
Hundreds of kinsmen living in thy land?
 
And Eleazer answered: Thus and thus,
Even according as thy father bade,
Did we; and thus and thus it came to pass:
Lo! is not this Rebekah, Bethuel’s child?        25
And as he ended, Isaac spoke and said,
Surely my heart went with you on the way
When with the beasts ye came unto the place.
 
Truly, O child of Nahor, I was there
When to my mother and my mother’s son        30
Thou madest answer, saying, I will go.
And Isaac brought her to her mother’s tent.
 
 
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