Leivick - The Golem - In keeping with section 29 of the...

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J E I p Translated and Edited by JOSEPH C. LANDIS YS HORIZON PRESS NEW YORK In keeping with section 29 of the Canadian Copyright Act, fair dealing allows you to make one copy. This copy must be used solely for research, private study, criticism, review, news reporting, education, parody or satire.
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To Laura Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 72-86741 ISBN 0-8180-0405-1 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The Golem, Copyright, 1921, by Mrs. Sarah H. Leivick. Permission to translate and publish by Mrs. Sarah H. Leivick. King David and His Wives. Copyright, 1919, by Ruth Pass and Henry Pass. Permission to translate and publish by Ruth Pass and Henry Pass. Green Fields. Copyright, 1916, by Mrs. Esther Hirshbein. Permission to translate and publish by Mrs. Esther Hirshbein. God of Vengeance. Permission to translate and publish by Mrs. Ruth Shaffer. Copyright © 1966,1972, by Joseph C. Landis Printed in the United States of America In keeping with section 29 of the Canadian Copyright Act, fair dealing allows you to make one copy. This copy must be used solely for research, private study, criticism, review, news reporting, education, parody or satire.
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THE GOLEM CHARACTERS The Maharal, Rabbi of Prague The Rebbetsin (his wife) Devorale The Golem Isaac Jacob Shammes Reb Bassevi Tankhum Thaddeus The Monk The Old Beggar (Elijah the Prophet) The Young Beggar (The Messiah) The Tall Man The Short Man The Redhead The Blind Man Paupers Peg Leg The Hunchback The Sick Man The Invisible The Figure of the Maharal The Figure of Thaddeus The Figure of the Uncreated The Man with the Cross Cave Spirits The Subterraneans Jews of Prague Prague. Seventeenth Century 223 In keeping with section 29 of the Canadian Copyright Act, fair dealing allows you to make one copy. This copy must be used solely for research, private study, criticism, review, news reporting, education, parody or satire.
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SCENE I. CLl\ Y (A deserted place on the bank of the river outside of Prague. Daybreak. All is dark and silent. Reb Levi Bar Bezalel, or THE MAHARAL, an old man of seventy, stands over an outlined mound of clay) kneading the figure of a man. He finishes. ABRAHAM THE SHAMMES stands near him) helping with the work. THE MAHARAL straightens up from his work and ad- dresses THE SHAMMES.) MAHARAL. It's done. All done. Now hurry to the synagogue, To Isaac and to J acob and bid them come. SHAMMES. And should I stay there, Rabbi? MAHARAL. Stay in the synagogue. But Abraham, Remember, lock forever in your heart The secret you were privileged to know. Let no one ever hear of it from you. SHAMMES. Forever, Rabbi. MAHARAL. And do not tell them yet that all is done. They must see it for themselves. The day begins to dawn. Hurry. (Exit SHAMMES.) MAHARAL (bends over the figure). Yes, all is done and darkness covers all. The hour of wonder comes with the day, And as I look upon this great frame That has been shaped and kneaded by my hands, I can descry his shadow striding here, The shadow of a being breathing life.
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