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Suddenly from my dwelling, and left my life To darkness, grief and pain, and for her sake, Not thine, I'll spare the child." And thus I saved Thee twice—once from the angry sword and once From the devouring flood. Moses, thou art Doubly mine; as such I claimed thee then, as such I claim thee now. I've nursed no other child Upon my knee, and pressed upon no other Lips the sweetest kisses of my love, and now, With rash and careless hand, thou dost thrust aside that love. There was a painful silence, a silence So hushed and still that you might have almost Heard the hurried breathing of one and the quick Throbbing of the other's heart : for Moses, He was slow of speech, but she was eloquent With words of tenderness and love, and had breathed Her full heart into her lips ; but there was Firmness in the young man's choice, and he beat back The opposition of her lips with the calm Grandeur of his will, and again he essayed to speak.

MOSES. Gracious lady, thou remembrest well The Hebrew nurse to whom thou gayest thy found- ling. That woman was my mother; from her lip I Learned the grand traditions of our race that float, 1*



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