"Naomi entreating Ruth and Orpah to return to the land of Moab" (1795) by William Blake
Bo-oz was ancient, but a good man
and wealthy: kine far as eye can see;
goats galore; a decent chunk of arable
lowland made up the polity.
He meted justice in a trembly voice;
remembered birthdays and children's names;
advanced overdue rental (once only)
but paid for festivals, for the wine and games.
His wives were modest and he married less
than custom or his temperament allowed.
Children and grandchildren thronged each tent,
punished only when they got too proud
to mingle with servants or lend a hand
with threshing and bread-making. He'd collect
tithes with a smile and a present. You treated God,
his children and his creation with respect.
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