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interpretation, meaneth Hope. And hope give I unto thee, as unto many another, but unto thee first of all. Thou hast had calls from Elohim ere now, and shalt have them hereafter. For lo! the Lord will have thee with Him once and yet again. And He shall speak to thee at times throughout thy life. Fear not, so long as thou art faithful. But if thou shalt be unfaithful, and shalt persevere in thine unfaithfulness, then shalt thou be a wanderer among the nations. And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, and there shall be no rest for the sole of thy foot. Thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear night and day, and shalt have none assurance of thy life: in the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even ! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart which thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.

“But how goodly are thy tents, O Samson-Solomon of Cyrenaica ! Thou hast the strength of the wild-ox and the wisdom of a thousand foxes. Even if thou shalt fail in the duties of thy priesthood, even then thou shalt have a bright and morning star to be as a guide to thee in the ways where thou shalt wander.'

But I am full of sin," groaned the lad, remembering the hawk.

Betah, thereupon, lifted up his hands in prayer, saying: “O Lord, if now thou wilt forgive his sin-; but, if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of Thy book which Thou hast written."

And Samson, seeing that the old man loved him so dearly, wept in the extreme.

And when Betah had made an end of praying, he stood for a very long time, looking, as one that saw afar, into the dim ways of the East. Then again, looking, as one that saw afar, into the still mistier ways of the West.

He passed into the synagogue.

Said Samson's father unto him, “Go, son, unto my house in the country, thou and Trivialis also. As for me, I have both buying and selling to see to in the sheep-market. I will come when all is finished. What say the Sopherim? Go in peace.

So Samson and the steward went into the country, and the earliest words that the steward uttered to the son of Shem were: “I am fain to laugh.

“Why, O man of many nations," asked the lad, "art thou compelled to laughter?”

“Oh, for just nothing at all."
“Then thou laughest easily."
“Thou hast a certain locket.”

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"Truly. 'Tis my pride."

Now thou lookest an it were a young Roman boy, with his bulla still about his neck. To what heathen woman wilt thou give the bauble? To a harlot! Nay, nay; blush not. I see thou hast had thy thoughts already. I knew not I should come so close."

But Samson remembered that the man was the trusted of his father. So he smote him not, neither answered he him bitterly.

And still the steward grew more and more insolent, so that the Jew remained behind and loitered in the roadway. And behold! before they twain had gotten home, the sun was a-sinking.

Samson went into the house, and passed the merry shepherds in the courtyard, saluting them not, and on to his private chamber, which was on the roof. And there he cursed with a most bitter heart Trivialis. Again and yet again cursed he him, invoking Heaven that that man might never more have peace. And he took up another shepherd's staff and brake it into fragments, crying: "So would I do to thee, and more also, O Trivialis, detested mongrel of all the nations."

Then he said, of a sudden, “Oh, I have sinned. The man is well loved of my father. I have sinned. I, also, will love him. And hath he not made me out of clay both horses and camels and little swift dromedaries 9"

He saw once more that he should have to love this trivial man with all his heart or else slay him. Therefore said he, “I will teach myself to love the man, and that with all my soul. For I would not slay him. He is not altogether bad, and he pleaseth the heart of

my father."

And at this there came up from the court a chorus of shrill cries from the servingmen and from the servingwomen, and also from Trivialis, and from many of the shepherds. Oh, woe is me, woe is me! That I had never seen this day!”

There entered at his door the old Chazzan, and also closed it, saying: “Open not the door again, my son, until I have told thee all.-Behold the fruits of idolatry! I have preached and the Lord hath taught by the lips of myself and by rabbis, but behold! the workers of iniquity, they continue in their evil ways.-Release me, O my son, and shake me not to pieces.

"Have I not ever said unto thy father what the end of his ways must surely be 1-Rend not my garments, Son, but tear rather thine own. Thy father, when he left thee and Trivialis, whither did he stray! Unto the women that worship in the temple of Aphrodite. O my son, my son.”

Samson cryeth, “My father! Is he dead?
The Chazzan said unto him, “No one knoweth who hath killed


And when the boy had rushed down into the courtyard and gazed on the face of his father, and all the gaping wounds in his breast, then said unto him the Chazzan: “Knowest thou not, O Son, that it is not well that anyone should gaze for long on the face of a man lying asleep?"

So he led the lad aside, and the body was wrapped in perfumed linen cloths, and the "travelling dress" put on it. And the thumbs were turned till the hands did spell the dread word "Shaddai,” and bound up with a zizit. Then a shard was laid across the eyes, a staff beneath the hands, and a pillow of earth beneath the head, from the Valley of Jehosaphat, which lieth to the eastward of Jerusalem.

And the neighbors came from far and near and mourned exceedingly.

And, on the morrow, a rabbi who had been sent for from afar, arrived, and the Chazzan came also again, and the funeral words were spoken, and the body carried out from the house. Then took Leah, which was also Amahnah, all the couches and the chairs and reversed them. And, having done this, she and the other women led the way in the funeral procession-for woman, as the Rabbi said unto them (and as was the custom at a funeral in those days) having brought death into the world, should lead the way to the tomb.

And they marched on toward the city, and when they had come to the tomb in which Shemaiah lay, they took the corpse of Shem, and laid it by her.

And then they returned to their houses of life.

And Samson-Solomon, when he had got back unto the house which had been his father's, and was now his, found melancholy joy in all the various objects which had once belonged to Shem. Yea, all that was in the court was very dear to him—the shepherds' crooks hanging upon the walls, the pipes, the harps, even the dry skins of sheep, the sprigs of last year's silphium. There in a corner he beheld with new delight a miniature of the temple in Jerusalem-a bungling thing which the hand of Trivialis had attempted to fashion. Ah, that ineffable temple! He would stand before it on a certain day. It was wholly a building of glory, wholly a thing of Adonai's—could be viewed, too, in the very place of Him, El-Shaddai. There was that in the Temple which might actually be caught up by the fleshly vision—the snowy marble and the gleaming gold; likewise that which might be heard by the fleshly ear—the singing and the melting tubes of the tremulous water-organ; and even savored as an odor-the sweet, mysterious incense, rising up, like tangible prayer, to heaven.

Then he fingered the locket on his breast, and said: “I shall be a priest within that temple, a priest unto the Almighty. I must ever keep this locket."

But the Chazzan came in, bringing by the hand Amahnah.

He taketh the young Jew apart, and saith unto him: “See! This maiden was a foundling. Do not the Sopherim call such an one 'The Child of God'! But behold! I would have thee to take her for

! the wife of thy bosom, and to be unto thee as the promise of the Lord, for thou art meant as a priest in the temple of the Most High. For her name, which is Leah (or Labor) is it not also Amahnah, or Berith, which, in the language of our people (which was given unto us by God) signifieth 'Promise,' or 'Covenant'?"

But Samson said unto him, “I do thank thee, and bless thee. Yet is it truly needful that one should marry in great haste! I have beheld few women, and am very young. Let me, therefore, be alone awhile, and, in the course of my meditations, I may chance to think of the thing which I ought to do.

The Chazzan answered him, “My Son, my Son! I fear thou art a prodigal with time. But do as thou wilt for a season, then call back the counsel I have given thee, and look upon Amahnah, for none there is that is like unto her, either for wisdom, or for beauty, or for any good thing at all. Hast thou the locket yet! It is well. I will leave thee now, but Amahnah shall stay for a season, and see that thy house is set in order."

And the Chazzan went his way, but Amahnah remained, and Samson, as he looked upon her, beheld that she turned and looked at him. And he saw that her heart was pure, and that all her countenance was very beautiful, because the radiancy of her spirit did shine therethrough.

And about this time a company of shepherds came, with unceremonious hilarity, with pipe and with tabret, with harp and sweetest singing. And Amahnah set to work to get them entertainment, and to put much meat before them.

And when they had eaten, they went, and Samson with them, to look after the sheep. And when Samson had found his own dear flock, then the hireling shepherds went on to their pastures also.

But Samson discovered a great consolation in his sheep, and was very kind unto them. He played upon a little harp, and sang, and the sheep skipped and the young lambs gambolled. Samson said in his heart: “I will keep the steward of my father, and he shall be my steward also. I will make him better, if that may be, but in every case will I love him, for behold was he not the steward of my father

He played again upon his harp.

But out of the flocks behold! there ran one, an old he-goat and headstrong. And he climbed, as is often the way of a foolish goat, up into the twisted branches of a hideous thorn-tree.

And Samson, half forgetting all his recent sorrow and good resolutions, cried out in anger at the goat: "I will name thee Trivialis, sinful one. Thou art ever attempting the things thou canst not safely do, and so dost come by thorns and bruises. Ho! let me help thee, Beelzebub, spite of thy foolish wanderings. So—let me help thee."

The goat would not come down, but tried instead to get his horns against his helper. The shepherd, waxing very wroth, struck out at him, as he might at a wolf, and the goat fell out of the tree, and seemed, for the turning of a hand, to have perished. But then awoke suddenly to life, and so ran off to a little distance, where, with a comical bleat or two, he fell straight over and was indeed dead.

“Hadst thou not rather herd swine?" cried a voice of jeering. Samson, as he turned, beheld Trivialis. And he hated in that moment the very look of the man, even his vesture—the somber cloak, with spots and rings of red upon it, as if the wearer had just committed a murder (but unto Trivialis—as Samson well perceived—the spottings were comicalities). And the eyes of Trivialis were far too bright from unwatered wine and all manner of clownishness and sheer hollow mocks.

Good steward!” cried the boy, with much consideration (seeing that the soul of him was vexed) "dost thou know whether the black ewe yielded in the night, or whether anyone was with her ? It is time, the shepherds say-"

What know I of ewes, black or white-unless it be a woman? A steward unto a Hebrew, I understand but swine."

Then he cast a stone, and it fell at the feet of the Jew. And he cried, “What say ye? Let us talk of swine, O priest of the great Sheckinah-which meaneth 'the chief of all the swine.'” And coming up close, he grasped the locket that was round the young lad's neck, shouting: “What is within? The tooth of a sucking pig, I warrant, or somebody's foreskin." And he tried to break the locket from its chain, crying: “To what prostitute wilt thou give it-unto Amahnah'

Then arose in the soul of Samson all the hard-hammered hate of white-hot years.

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