Moses’ Prayer – A Sonnet
Thus our teacher begins his final plea:
Merciful Judge of all created things!
God, whose right hand lies beneath the wings
Of fierce Holy Hayyoth — who has shown me
At Oreb’s mount the impossible degree
Of undeserved kindness His mercy brings,
And at Kadesh His mighty strength that swings
The heavenly scales He holds for charity!
Roll Your boundless mercy, conquer Your anger,
And I will cross the Jordan to the land
Where you commanded me to bring your nation!
But God answers His dear servant: no longer
Speak with me of this request. My hand
Does not make False eternal declaration.