Artwork by Daniel Kabakoff
Unknown to Egypt, G-d made Moshe lord
Over Par’oh, that serpent of the Nile,
Caused Ahron’s staff to swallow up the vile
Charms into which the conjurors had poured
Their craft. But Par’oh hardened in the trial
Of strength. Even as his stream was turned to blood,
As croaking frogs hopped up from river-mud
To throne, he still stood stubborn in denial.
Lice, beasts, murrain, boils, hail his heart withstood.
But for His people, spared though not yet free,
G-d spelled it out, that they might clearly see
How every thing the Egyptians count as good
Can turn to filth and horror suddenly,
That from this world’s morass the soul may flee.