The words which in his last eleven days
Moshe made Israel hear on Moab’s plain
Were of rebuke; yet not to cause them pain
He spoke, but that they might perceive G-d’s ways
And not go making such mistakes again
While he in desert ground must lie alone.
Nor did he voice ideas of his own:
So perfectly he loved his Sovereign
That through his mind G-d’s meaning was made known.
And this too was his gift to those who stood
Gathered to hear him; afterwards they would
Recall the love for G-d which he had shown.
Still in their children’s souls that love would brood
And ever again would stir them to the good.