Moshe D. Shafrir-Stillman
Hagar (a ballad)
“And Abraham rose up early in the morning and took bread and a bottle of water and gave it unto
Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, with the child and sent away; and she departed and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-Sheba.” (Genesis 21, 14)
He rose up early in the morning
And took bread
And a bottle of water
And gave it unto Hagar,
Put it on her shoulder.
As he sent her away
He dared not look her in the eyes;
When he placed the child in her arms,
His face was pale with shame
As he sent them from home.
She went on her way in the morning,
She went with the child who was crying,
She went out there in the sun,
She went south to the wilderness
Wandering to and fro
In the dry desert of Beer-Sheba.
And when they finished the bread
And the water from the goatskin,
Then under one of the shrubs
She cast her own child.
She went and sat down over against him
A good way off, As it were a bow shot,
With no strength left
She sat there and wept
For she said, let me
Not see my child’s death.
And there was only the blazing sun
With a quiet crying of the child,
So that only God could hear
And salvage a dying lad.