Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | April 8, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: Jacob and Esau

by Else Lasker-Schuler (1869 – 1945).

 

Jacob and Esau (1914)

 

Rebecca’s maid: a girl come from afar,

an angel, lovely, in a shift of roses

and on her face she seemed to wear a star.

 

Her eyes modestly lowered to her feet,

her soft hands sorted golden lentils,                                               5

baked bread and pottage with the meat.

 

The brothers thrived near her. They could

not quarrel over the sweets

that her sweet lap offered as food.

 

So Esau leaves the land for good,                                                   10

leaves home and birthright for this meal.

The cloak he wears around his shoulders is the woods.

 

(transl. by Athena)

 

Notes:

http://jhom.com/personalities/else_schuler/index.htm

http://www.bachlund.org/Vier_Lieder_von_Else_Lasker-Schueler.htm

http://www.jcpa.org/dje/articles/jacob-esau.htm

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