Artwork by Daniel Kabakoff
Within the tent constructed to atone
There issued, mighty yet contained, a voice
Which through Moshe appointed sacrifice,
What must be offered, and what acts be done
Whenever Israel gathered to rejoice
And to give satisfaction to their King,
Or if mistake or wrong occurred, what thing
— Bull, ram, goat, bird, meal — as his error’s price
Priest, prince or common man would have to bring.
Yet ought the scale of price and penalty
Not make us think that there is ultimately
Much to choose between ways of wavering,
Since any sin impairs our fealty
To the One who calls us from idolatry.